Benefits of Planning Ahead

By intentionally planning ahead, you will have the best opportunity to lay a good foundation to support your birth and postpartum desires. 

 

Your Doula Cares is here to support your planning process!

Taking the Time to Prepare

When you imagine your birth experience and postpartum transition, what comes to mind?

 

Developing your unique vision and plan for your birth and postpartum experience can take time as you learn about your options, gather evidence-based information, and identify the care team that appreciates your values and desires. As your doula, my goal is to help you and your birth partner navigate your planning process and establish a plan that you have confidence and comfort in for your labor and postpartum transition. 

 

Navigating Your Planning Process

What kind of environment do you hope for in your birthing space?

Do you desire an un-medicated or low intervention birth experience?

How would you like to spend the first hour with your newborn?

What kind of support would you want to have at home thereafter?

You deserve to know what works best for you and your family.

As your doula, I will support...

Your Vision

Having a vision for your birth and postpartum experience will encourage you to have meaningful expectations for your desired outcomes. When you know what your desired outcomes are, you will be more prepared to look for the specific support and resources you need in order to give your vision the best chance to be realized

 

As your doula, I will: 

  • Help you understand the physiological and emotional experience of labor and the postpartum period

  • Offer evidence-based information so you and your birth partner can explore your options in an informed way about your labor, breastfeeding, and postpartum choices

  • Support you and your birth partner through the process of sharing a vision that you both find meaningful and are prepared to pursue together

Your Values

Identifying your values and priorities for your birth and postpartum transition will help you to know what is important to you and what resources or support you may need to have the most satisfying journey possible from pregnancy to postpartum. When you have a values-based vision, you will feel more empowered to champion your desired plans throughout your labor and postpartum season.

 

As your doula, I will:

  • Commit to honoring your values and upholding your vision as a member of your care team

  • Help you translate your values-based vision into a written birth plan and postpartum support plan to share with your care provider and “village” of family and friends

  • Provide recommendations on how to effectively advocate for your values and vision in your birth space and home

  • Encourage you to know that your values and vision matter, and support you even when your vision changes

Your Village

Everyone’s village of supporters from pregnancy to postpartum will vary based on your needs, location, and desires. Being proactive about choosing a care provider you trust, having a plan for your family and friends to be supportive, and deciding on doula support are all important steps that research has shown make the greatest contribution to women’s satisfaction in childbirth and thus to a smoother postpartum transition. 

 

As your doula, I will:

  • Not replace your birth partner, but instead, will help you and your birth partner work together and support one another as a team

  • Be happy to attend at least one prenatal visit with your care provider to provide support as you share your desired vision for your birth and immediate postpartum care

  • Support you in determining how best to involve your family and friends in the birth room and at home

  • Provide continuous labor support to you and your birth partner and in-home postpartum sessions as you recover and care for your newborn

As you consider your Vision, Values, and Village, take time to discuss what already seems most important to you and your birth partner. Be encouraged about seeking those things out! As you consider doula support, Your Doula Cares would love to connect with you and learn about your birth and postpartum goals.