Birth goals and experiences are as diverse as the families having them.
For some, a natural birth is the goal. But for many others (most, actually!) the birth plan involves an epidural. And guess what? We love epidurals! As your doulas, we whole-heartedly, enthusiastically, and unconditionally support your choices and preferences - whatever they may be.
Let's face it. No one wants to figure this out on their own!
That is where your Doulas of Asheville labor doula comes in.
As you are nearing your delivery date, your team of two doulas will be available to you around the clock to hear every concern or question and help you decide when it's time to head to the hospital. When the big day arrives, your doula can support you as you navigate being admitted to the hospital and as you wait (anxiously?!) for your epidural. She'll be right alongside you to guide you through the transitions of birth and can help you navigate things like 'what you can expect from your epidural' and other scenarios during your hospital birth experience.
Where most of the faces you'll encounter at the hospital are new (nurses, anesthesiologist, maybe your OB isn't the doctor on call...), your doula will be right there with you, a calming, comforting, and familiar presence that will be with you until you meet your baby. Her job is to be your ever-present, unwavering source of support, encouragement, guidance, and calming presence.
Once your epidural is placed, our goals don’t change. We remain by your side helping you stay relaxed, confident, and calm.
Sometimes partners use this time to be able to catch a meal in the cafeteria (so you don't have to smell the food!), and are at ease knowing their doula is still by your side while they are away.
Giving birth is a strenuous process regardless of your delivery method. Your doula will always be beside you to coach you through and help you stay focused and at ease throughout your delivery.
No matter your goals, your labor doula will attune to you - anticipating and responding to your (and your partner's) needs to help you stay comfortable during labor and throughout your delivery.
Whether giving birth with drugs or without, vaginally or by cesarean section, doula support can offer extra peace of mind that allows you to relax and focus your energy on the task at hand.
This can also be a big relief for your partner, who usually needs some help relaxing too!
Once your baby arrives, your doula is there to help as you take your first steps on your journey of parenthood.