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Month: November 2015

Doulas Don’t Get Holidays Off! I got a lot more than turkey on Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving-doula baby1058682_960_720Thanksgiving 2015 will be one that I will never forget! I got a call in the morning from a client who was 39 weeks pregnant, saying she was pretty sure she was in labor. She had been having contractions most of the night and felt that she needed to go to the hospital soon. I got ready and packed my doula bag with the things that I would need to support my client in labor and then I headed to the hospital in Boca Raton, about 30 minutes from my home in Coral Springs.

Upon arrival, I saw my client smiling and excited that she was going to meet her new baby. She chose not to find out the gender and I was excited to know if she would have another boy or another girl. Most of my clients chose to find out the gender prior to delivery, so this was my first “surprise doula baby” and I was sure it was another doula baby GIRL for me. I seem to have more doula baby girls, than doula baby boys!

The labor was progressing slowly, so we walk the halls for a while after being admitted. My client and her husband then decided that she would rather spend early labor at home and go back to the hospital when she felt like she was in active labor. I agreed that it was a great idea! Laboring at your own home can be alot more comfortable for moms, than being stuck in a bed at the hospital. Freedom to walk, eat drink, shower and sleep without interruption is great for early labor!

She labored at her home for a few more hours, while I had a quick Thanksgiving dinner with my family. She kept in touch with me through text and phone calls until she felt like she needed my support.   After some delicious turkey and stuffing, I joined her at her home and realized she was in active labor and it was definitely time to go to the hospital. I drove with her and her husband to the hospital and supported her during some intense contractions during the 30 minute drive from Coral Springs to Boca Raton. I called her midwife to let her know to meet us at the hospital and thankfully she was only 10 minutes away.

We arrived at the hospital right around 7:15pm and she was wheeled up to labor and delivery and told she was over eight centimeters. Minutes later her water broke and she felt the need to push. Her midwife walked in at that moment and she began pushing. I supported my client while she delivered her beautiful Baby BOY  at 7:37pm!  Only 22 mins after arriving at the hospital! No pain medicine, no epidural, no directed pushing, just mom and baby doing what they needed to do!

 

I was not upset about having to work on Thanksgiving at all! Being a doula means you don’t get holidays off! Babies come when they want, whether it’s on a Monday, a Saturday, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, someone’s birthday or your own birthday. I knew going into this career as a childbirth and postpartum doula that I might miss certain events with my family and that’s okay I understand.  It was an amazing experience. It was a Thanksgiving Day I will never forget!

This blog written by Lisa Raynor , a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, FL.  She is also a mom of three boys, a wife, and loves to blog about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care and breastfeeding. Lisa attends  births throughout Broward County and Boca Raton. Call for a FREE consultation today!

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What You Can Expect From ME As Your DOULA!

 

As your doula I will provide you with:

  • Emotional support during pregnancy! I will be there to answering non-medical questions. If I don’t know something I will try my hardest to find it out and let YOU know.
  • Suggestions for comfort measures for pregnancy.
  • Recommendations for childbirth education.
  • Recommendations for books related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Also, I have several books you are welcome to borrow as well.
  • Breastfeeding support immediately after delivery and during postpartum period. Also recommendations for an IBCLC if you need that as well.
  • Relaxation techniques during pregnancy as well as labor.
  • Visualization techniques and other coping techniques during your labor.
  • Massages and other comfort measures such as counter pressure, rebozo and suggestions of positions during labor to ease pain.
  • Support and encouragement during difficult labors. You CAN do this and I will remind you of that!
  • Explanation of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding terminology. If I don’t know something I will try my hardest to find it out and let YOU know.
  • One  or Two (2 hr) prenatal meeting to discuss your birth plan talk about your fears, concerns or anything you want!
  • Being on call 24/7 until your labor begins from 38-42 weeks. You will have my cell number, home number and at least 2 additional numbers to reach me!
  • Continuous labor support at the hospital, during labor & delivery and immediately after birth.
  • Words of encouragement when you feel down- and we all get like that!
  • One or Two (1-2hr) postpartum meetings to talk about the birth, help with baby care and breastfeeding. I don’t mind light housekeeping, running local errands or light cooking for my clients during these visits.
  • Phone support and text support during pregnancy and during postpartum period. Late night and weekends are ok too! I will always either answer or call back.
  • Weekly phone calls, texts or emails- or more if desired- You let me know what your needs are!
  • Lots of genuine concern for your well-being during pregnancy, labor and delivery.
  • Non-judgmental support in every decision YOU make in YOUR pregnancy, labor and delivery.
  • A payment plan that fits your budget. I believe every woman deserves a childbirth and postpartum doula, so if you are not able to afford my fee I am open to discuss special arrangements.
  • pembroke pines doula clientThis blog written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, FL.  She is also a mom of three boys, a wife, and loves to blog about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care and breastfeeding.
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