The Secret Life of an On Call Tulsa Birth Doula

The Secret Life of an On Call Tulsa Birth Doula

One of the weirdest things about being a doula is living the on call lifestyle. Because we have to be ready to step out of our lives and be present for you in labor at short notice, we can be a little flakey with our other commitments. (My friends and family and massage clients are well-used to me hedging any commitment with the phrase, “But I’ll be on call, so I’ll be there if I’m not at a birth!”) Living life while on call is more involved than you might think. I’d love to share some information with you about what it means for me to be on call for your baby’s birth.

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Burning Questions #6: What is a Doula's Role in High Risk Birth?

Burning Questions #6: What is a Doula's Role in High Risk Birth?

Last week, I asked people on my Facebook page to choose which of three post topics I should write about next. Other than a vote for all three, the resounding winner was this question from Katherine Ferranti, LMT of Be Free Massage Therapy. And with good reason, because her question is just so good.

“Do doulas experience resistance from doctors when the patient is “high risk” (whether because of age or medically related). Or maybe [...] does a doula have different responsibilities or a different approach when a patient is high risk vs not high risk?”

— Katherine Ferranti

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So you're looking for an advocate

Lots of people tell me they want to hire a doula to be their advocate in labor. I totally get it that people wanting to have an unmedicated birth in the hospital might feel that they need someone to help keep things on track.

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What's the difference between a midwife and a doula?

Since I've moved back to Tulsa, OK from Brooklyn, NY, I've been getting this question a lot more often. And can I just say? I LOVE this question! If someone is asking me the difference between a midwife and a doula, then I know that they have heard of doulas before. YES! Also they've heard of midwives. DOUBLE YES! I am so thrilled to get to explain the differences between the two.

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Continuous Support in Labor - who cares?

As your doula, on the other hand, I support one labor at a time.* From the time I am called to a labor until after the baby is born, my presence and support is continuous, barring extraordinary circumstances, the laboring parents' desire for alone time, and the occasional quick bathroom break! 

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