Here is the third and final blog post in the Chinook City Doulas series Support. What does that even mean?
To start from the beginning go to Support. What does that even mean? Pt. 1
In Part One I talked about how doulas provide physical support and in Part Two I talked about what emotional support looks like. In Part Three, I want to talk to you about what we mean at Chinook City Doulas when we say educational or informational support.
One of the reasons I became a birth and postpartum doula was because I didn’t want to wait until I was a grandmother to be there for other people through their pregnancies, during labor and the postpartum period. Through my own five births, I learned to find my voice, ask as many questions as I needed to ask, request time and privacy to make decisions, if needed, and go with my gut. I wanted to share that with other people. I love helping my clients find the right information for them and I truly believe in “To each their own.”.
When armed with the right information, you can make confident decisions about what is right for you and your family. With a birth professional by your side who encourages you to do what is right for your family, you will be more confident and in control of your experience. Your CCD doula is an unbiased person you can discuss your options with.
As your doula, I provide facts and evidence-based benefits and risks of the variations you may expect during your birth, at your request. Having someone with you during your birth, who knows exactly where to look for the information you need is like bring your personal childbirth educator along. If I don’t have an answer for you, I know where to find that answer.
One of my favorite tools to use during labor is the B.R.A.I.N. acronym. You can use it any time you need to make a decision, not just in labor. When you are using the B.R.A.I.N. acronym for birth, your doula is there to encourage you to make the decision that is best for you. When approaching changes to your birth plan, you can talk to your care provider using the B.R.A.I.N. acronym before making a decision. I also carry a “cheat sheet” that briefly goes over the benefits, risks, and alternatives for 11 common interventions/medications and I often use the B.R.A.I.N. acronym as a format for presenting information.
You can download your own PDF copy of the B.R.A.I.N. acronym for birth by visiting our blog entry Using Your Brain.