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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Burning Questions 3: What is Back Labor?

Burning Questions 3: What is Back Labor?

In my experience, back labor adds an extra layer of intensity to the experience of labor. I've also talked to lots of mamas who chose to have an epidural (despite their plans for a natural or unmedicated birth) because they experienced a long period of back labor. So let's talk about:

1) the difference between a more usual contraction pattern and back labor,
2) why the Fear, Tension, Pain cycle is especially important, and
3) the most effective tools for getting pain relief

Along the way, I'll also talk about how your birth setting and team can affect your ability to manage back labor.

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Burning Questions #1: Do Doulas Have Specific Ideas About How Birth Should Go?

Burning Questions #1: Do Doulas Have Specific Ideas About How Birth Should Go?

Today's question comes from my fellow Swedish Institute graduate and New York City/New Paltz-based massage therapist Eowyn Levene who says:

“Love your Burning Questions idea for the blog, by the way! For some reason, a lot of people ask me doula questions. A big one is whether doulas have specific ideas of how a birth should go, or whether they are always ‘non-interventionist.’”

— Eowyn Levene, LMT

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