March 22-28 is World Doula Week, and this week on the blog Doulas of Memphis is taking the World Doula Week Blog Challenge hosted by Louisville Area Doulas! Today, we’ve been challenged to talk about building bridges between doctors, nurses, and doulas.
What makes bridges strong
Did you ever make a toothpick bridge in elementary school? The object was to see who could make the strongest bridge out of toothpicks, and in the process we were supposed to figure out what makes bridges strong. The answer: TRIANGLES!
When I thought about building bridges with doctors and nurses, I couldn’t get the image of a triangle out of my mind, and it all comes back to why triangles are so strong in the first place:
Triangles are strong because each part works together to distribute the load.
In order to build bridges with doctors and nurses, there has to be a triangle of support. In the context of birth, the parts of the triangle are doctors and nurses, the birthing family, and the doula. No matter which way you look, the support is never one-sided. Here’s an illustration:
Doctors/Nurses and the Birthing Family
Prior to birth, the birthing family chooses their doctor carefully and over the course of pregnancy builds a relationship of familiarity and trust. When a woman goes into labor, she must rely on the familiarity and trust that her doctor has with the nurses and other staff. They are responsible for her clinical care and are there to ensure that the healthiest, safest delivery happens for both the mother and the bay. During pregnancy and labor, the birthing family can ask questions about their care and the doctor responds with the mother’s individual health history in mind. The doctor can provide clarification and reassurance, and the birthing family can trust that the doctor is acting with their best interests in mind.
The Birthing Family and the Doula
Much like the doctor/patient relationship, the birthing family builds a relationship of familiarity and trust with her doula. The doula is not responsible for anything regarding clinical care, but rather the emotional and physical needs of the the birthing family. She uses her head, heart, and hands to attune to the needs of the family and instill strength and confidence. The birthing family can rely on her to be a safe, and neutral space for their emotions and choices. We want the same things you do!
The Doula and the Doctors/Nurses
The line connecting the doula and doctors and nurses exists both inside and outside of the birth room. Inside the birth room, doulas work to meet the needs of the family in a way that does not interfere with their clinical care. We respect the extensive training, knowledge, and experience of medical staff. We work to support the birthing family in such a way that allows them to focus on what is most important to them. At Doulas of Memphis, we want each and every medical professional we encounter to feel supported in their work. Outside the birth room, we work to build relationships and rapport so that doctors and nurses know that they can rely on us to be professional, respectful, and a resource that benefits them and their patients.
Doulas add another dimension to your care
If you remember from math class, you know that a line has only one dimension, but a triangle has two. When you add a doula to your birth team, you add a new dimension to the support and care that you receive. Doulas fill in the gaps to ensure that you have the best, most well-rounded support available. With a doula on your team, you’re never alone. Before your birth, our teams of doulas are always on call and accessible to you. During labor, we make sure that you’re never alone and everyone’s individual needs can be met seamlessly. When you hire a Doulas of Memphis doula, you can rest assured that she will always treat your trusted physicians and their staff with the utmost courtesy and respect, all while remaining attentive to your needs.