When I started my doula work, I often found that the mothers really wanted a doula, but the father was hesitant; he worried about whether I would take his place and he wouldn’t be able to help. Nothing is further from the truth, so I wrote this little piece to explain just how the doula works with a couple.
What if I told you that you can afford a doula?
A doula is an integral member of your birth team. Whether you are planning a hospital birth with aaalll the pain meds you can get your hands on, a homebirth with nothing but water and essential oils – or any other sort of awesome birth in between – a doula is going to be one of the most valuable investments you can make, for one of the most important days of your life.
Accurate information and adequate support for pregnant mothers appears to be hard to come by in the general population, and is often mentioned as one of the key reasons for premature weaning or not breastfeeding at all.
The longevity of old wives’ tales and the lack of support and information translates into some inaccurate expectations of breastfeeding and breastmilk production, many of which we see when mothers are nearing the end of their pregnancies or during the first few days of their babies’ lives. In this blog post, we will explore some of these myths and provide some accurate information on breastmilk and breastfeeding during pregnancy and the first few hours after birth.