March 29, 2017
Doulas and IVF
While many women conceive with no issues at all, there is a rise in the number of women needing fertility treatments such as IVF. Fertility doctors will help identify any issues keeping you from conceiving, and then address those issues with medical interventions, if necessary. Once your fertility treatments are successful, and you’ve chosen a supportive OBGYN or midwife, the next step should be hiring a childbirth doula. The American Pregnancy Association defines a doula as “a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth.” Trying to conceive isn’t always easy and, once you do conceive, having someone to provide emotional support during your pregnancy can very beneficial.
“After a fertility doctor helps you conceive, a doula can help guide you through the rest of your pregnancy journey. “
Hiring a doula to support your family during this journey can help create a more positive experience. While your healthcare provider focuses on your medical needs, a doula’s attention is focused on supporting your physical and emotional needs. The process of addressing infertility often comes with a lot of challenges, losses, and stress. An experienced and knowledgeable doula understands these challenges.
“A doula recognizes the unique needs of families who undergo fertility treatments and offers nonjudgmental support every step of the way.”
A doula is also a great source for local referrals for IVF moms. If you are seeking the care of an acupuncturist, nutritionist, or massage therapist, your doula can recommend some of the best around. A doula can help educate you on what you can truly expect when expecting. As many IVF moms know, going through IVF can be physically, emotionally, and financially demanding. The guidance and support from a doula who understands your needs can be invaluable. From the first positive pregnant test, to your baby’s first breath, she’ll be there holding your hand along the way!
This blog was written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, FL. During her decade of experience, Lisa has worked with many families who struggled to bring a baby into the world and understands the physical, emotional, and financial strain it can place on families. Lisa offers compassionate support to moms who have battled with infertility in Boca Raton, Parkland, Coral Springs, Ft Lauderdale and surrounding areas. Call today to schedule your complementary consultation 954-914-3933.