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Should you hire a doula? A doula is a coach who assists a woman during her pregnancy and also during labor. However, a doula is not a medical professional.
Many people are unfamiliar with what modern midwives do. A New York City midwife tells of a late-night delivery.
Doula Birthing Support reviews in Saint Peters
I just had my first baby! I wasn't sure about having a doula. I was definitely having a home birth if possible. I chose my midwife when I was considering getting pregnant a whole year before I actually did! I had heard of doulas and even had a friend tell me that her sister had one in a hospital and I should look into it. When I first researched on internet I couldn't find anything. I don't know if it was a spelling issue or if there just wasn't much online about them at the time. As I was going through pregnancy the term doula came up more and more as the pregnancy progressed. I was offered doula services by an acquaintance. I kept it in the back of my mind, but never really looked into it further. One day a yoga teacher told me about Jenn from
After finalizing my plans with them to be on my birthing team, Jenn attended a midwife appointment and had a few more with just me, her and
Before the birth came Jenn would check on me and send me helpful articles and links to answer any questions I had. My boy was two weeks past due date and Jenn was very comforting. She helped to calm me and evaporate my worries.
When the time for birth came, I called Jenn. I wasn't sure how fast it would progress and wanted to talk to her through my pain. After talking me through my very painful contractions for half hour, Jenn decided it was time to come to me! It all happened pretty quickly after that. In about an hour after her arrival she helped my husband and I decide it was time to call the midwife. I was screaming in pain and my husband was frantic so I'm guessing she just made the executive decision. We didn't want to falsely call the midwife in the middle of the night, but Jenn knew it was time! By the time the midwife arrived I was at 7cm dilated. One hour later I was at ten centimeters and ready to push. I'm skipping over all the painful and terrible
I happened to have my birth just when they were first getting started as a team, so I got to have double the pleasure of both of them at my birth. I am so very thankful that it worked out that way! They both brought their own
After the birth they checked in on me and my boy. Now, two months later, I miss them dearly! I hope my story inspires others to give them a shot, for it is a sure shot indeed!
All of my love and gratitude to the ladies at
My MD is Dr. time I've been shunted to one of the other doctors in this clinic. It's a huge clinic, impersonal. The front desk people are the most rude; clinical care staff are much more personable, friendly, polite, caring.
I'm not happy that I can never see my doctor. The purpose of having one MD as a PCP is to have continuity of care. Instead, this clinic only has continuity in the form of my chart (which can be read by whoever they assign me the next time I'm there).
And apparently there's a big problem with identity theft among their patients (maybe people trying to use the insurance card of a friend because they don't have access to medical care?) - they insist on seeing the insurance card AND a photo ID at every visit! I offered them a copy of my info, so it would be in my records (I don't usually carry that with me, so it can't be stolen) & they refused.
Another problem is that they don't take walk-ins, & it's nearly impossible to get a same-day appointment if there's a sudden problem. After being sent home from class (in late OCT 2011) because I'd fainted, I went to try and see my doctor. They said I could see another doctor a couple hours later, so I waited. When I went back to the check-in desk at the time I'd been given, they said my appointment was cancelled & they'd tried to call me. (My cell phone was on, in my pocket, & showed no missed calls.) They hadn't even paged the waiting area. They wanted me to wait another 3 hours, which I couldn't do, so the problem went untreated. It probably was the first manifestation of the dizziness which is still causing problems (JUL 2012).”
They arrived promptly and seamlessly took their places. They suggested different labor positions, used a variety of techniques to minimize pain, and even helped with little things like changing the bedsheets, filling up our birth pool, and bringing my husband anything he (or I) needed so he wouldn't have to leave me. They helped me feel at ease laboring in the way that was most comfortable for me, without being self-conscious--this alone helped tremendously. Their gentle reminders to relax helped me to not fight the contractions. They really were there to serve us, and did whatever was needed.
I'm not sure what we would have done without
She was born by Cesarean almost two weeks after her due date and had lost more than the customary 10% of her birth weight by our discharge from the hospital.
This is our first child and we were fish out of water.
I had a breast reduction at the age of 15 and was told for more than 18 years that I would more than likely be unable to breastfeed, so I never considered it a possibility. Shortly after our daughter’s birth, I was able to latch her and she seemed to be getting at least some milk from my breasts to our surprise! I could sense however that she may need some supplement from a bottle and formula.
After a few days and her first appointment with the Pediatrician and continued weight-loss, we could sense that she was having difficulty with both the bottle and the breast.
We made an appointment with
We were immediately put at ease by her comforting manner and obvious knowledge and experience. Just minutes into the consultation, she had our daughter latched onto my breast with ease and in a more comfortable and efficient position.
No doctor in the delivery room, hospital or our Pediatrician’s office had diagnosed this problem. We were referred to a wonderful oral surgeon who treated the
Along with our consultation and mentoring, she provides a 24hr hotline for questions and concerns and has always answered the phone when we’ve called. We have access to free weigh-ins, breastfeeding and
The Post-Partum Place is also the home to a couple of parent support groups. The Mother’s Club for new moms with infants from 0-6 months has been an invaluable resource to me!
Our daughter is now almost 4 months old and thanks to ”
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