Do I need a doula if I want an epidural?
It’s hard to believe that some people still think doula’s only support unmedicated births. So I’m here to confirm, I support all births, with all care providers, in all locations and with any pain management preference!
That being said, I also get the question, “𝘥𝘰 𝘐 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘥𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘢 𝘪𝘧 𝘐 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭?” The short answer is yes, it could still be VERY beneficial to you, and here’s why:
𝟏. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥, 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞. This gives your baby time to move further into the birth canal and into the optimal birthing position. Most local hospitals would like you to be at least 4cm dilated before receiving the epidural. That’s where I come in! I’ll be there for you as you work through intense contractions as you wait for pain management.
2. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤, at least not how we expect them too. It’s because of this uncertainty that having a doula by your side is really crucial. I’ll be there to offer additional comfort techniques to help manage your pain and help you work through those contractions. (Hello hip squeeze!).
3. Last but not least, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐚𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝! When you’re fully dilated and ready to push, I’ll be there to guide you through this sometimes confusing part of your birth experience. And of course, after your baby is born I’m right by your side to help you with the first latch, clean up and debrief.
Can you give birth to your baby without a doula? Of course you can! Without even knowing you, I know that you are powerful, a fighter. I also know that you deserve a magical birth, and that’s where I come in.
Let’s chat some more, send me a message for more information!