Hello all,I am a birth doula and an IBCLC. I work in a small community and see many nurses and docs routinely. I personally always try to make a point of keeping a low profile at births, making sure my client does all the talking and decision making for themselves, and in general support the nursing staff both in front of them and behind their backs.
I try hard not to step on toes. Many nurses seem genuinely happy to see me ... BUT, it seems to be another story when it comes to me wearing my IBCLC hat. Although the warm aspects of my personality stay intact, I feel there is a switch that happens ( or doesn't happen) and I am seen as a "non contributer" of sorts. I am generally more informed about current and best practices in regards to breastfeeding and I have unfortunatly witnessed over and over unnecessary complications due to some nurses and doctors lack of up to date knowledge. It is extremely frustrating as I am left to try to peice back together the mess that has been made in the early days home for the new family.
I am wondering first: how do most of you see the doula and what are your main gripes and positives with her? Next: do you see the IBCLC as a professional that is very skilled in what she knows and do you openly seek out her expertise?
In my IBCLC education I understand that I can and should write out a care plan for famlies with challenges. If I ever did that at the hospital I am involved with and the staff saw it, I think they would just laugh! Fortunatley, the head nurse agrees with me, and told me that they are going for Baby Friendly, which I knew. Not a moment too soon it would seem! Can anyone help me out here? Thanks, and thanks for all the wonderful posts here, I learn so much reading them.