The word doula comes from a Greek word meaning ‘a woman who serves.' Women birthed while surrounded by their mothers, aunties, sisters and other women in the community in the olden days. They would offer advice about the process and try to guide the new family in the process. Today, these roles have been expanded and also been professionalized. Doulas bridge the gap between the traditional approach and the modern process that we have these days. Let us find out what a virtual birth doula does and what it entails.
A doula is a trained professional in the process of childbirth and provides emotional, physical and even educational support to an expectant mother, one experiencing labor or to one that has given birth recently. Their primary purpose is to ensure that your pregnancy goes on smoothly and is as safe as possible, with no complications.
A traditional doula offers their services in person. They come to your home or place of residence and provide their services in person. Virtual doulas will provide phone and text support while answering all the questions that you may have during the pregnancy. They also give phone support during the birthing process, and even video calls can be done. This has gained prominence due to the improvement of technology and many mothers to be, are here for it. They will ensure that they give you the best services and support that you need no matter how it will be delivered.
These services will suit you if:
• You live in an area that does not have local doulas, or you cannot find on that you can connect with well in your area of residence.
• You do not have enough money to hire traditional doula support.
• You love the idea of continuous and trusted support but do not want another person with you while you are giving birth.
The virtual doula will discuss with you about your pregnancy and any concerns that you may have through Skype, Facetime or even phone calls. They will ask you about your past birth history to know what problems you may have undergone and how to prevent them currently. They will also inquire about your comfort, your fears and how you feel about giving birth. They will take you through the procedures that come up during and before the labor beforehand and also give you some options on what to use for pain relief. They will also teach you about breastfeeding your baby and the advantages of doing it in case you decide that you want to do it. During labor, they will be available to give you support over the phone or Skype, whichever you prefer. In early labor, they may suggest some medication. The more the labor waves increase, the more the help they will give you and options on how to go about it. Emotional support and comfort is a must for you so worry not; they will do that. There are also virtual postpartum doulas that take care of you once you have given birth since it can be a very confusing time for any mum. They will offer you advice on how to adjust to being a new parent. They also give you breastfeeding support and will answer any questions that may be disturbing you.
You will need to know how much experience they have before hiring them. You will need someone that understands what they are doing since this is a very vital process.
You will need to ask how much they will be charging for the entire period. You will need a service that sticks to your budget and does not go overboard. Ensure that you get the best service at an affordable rate.
It is good to know if they offer postpartum services or not. It is good to ask what services they provide and if there are any hidden fees that you should know about. You should also ask if they will offer their services during the birthing process or if they only provide antepartum services.
Virtual doulas are available 24/7 and will be on call when needed in an emergency. Most of them will be there until one month postpartum to guide you until when you are comfortable. The best part about it is that you can call, email or text them. You do not have to go through the hassle of directing them to your home and waiting until they arrive
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