Hello! New Here...

  1. Hello everyone. I'm Leanne and not a nurse, but a Birth Doula. I've been lurking on the boards for some time now, and have never introduced myself properly
    I'm married, have two boys 3 and 1 and we're TTC our third sometime in 2003 hopefully it will happen for us. I'd love to go back to school to become a L&D nurse (esp since DH says I can't keep having babies forever :roll, but don't think that will happen until our children grow older, which is fine with me, I love being home with them while they are young.

    Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas
    Last edit by Cheerio on Dec 26, '02
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    Hello Cheerio. Not being an OB nurse what exactly does a birth doula do?

    Welcome.

    renerian
  4. by   Cheerio
    A birth or labor doula, is a woman trained and experienced in childbirth. A birth doula accompanies expectant parents through labor and birth, helping them make a smooth transition from pregnancy to parenthood. We provides non-medical emotional and physical support to the birthing Mom and work as a team member with the OB or midwife and nurse.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am so glad you found us Leanne. I have worked with WONDERFUL doula's in my career and consider you part of a valuable team. Glad to meet you! Hope to hear more from you soon.
  6. by   Cheerio
    That's great to know Deb I love to talk with nurses that appreciate Doula's in L&D. I've met some doozies, lol.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    yep with some nurses, it is a POWER TRIP....that same thing can be said of DOULAs also...i have seen it. I try VERY hard to form a working and friendly/cohesive relationship with the doula working for my patient EARLY on....I respect her job...and ask her to respect mine. I usually have NO trouble finding doulas a very useful, helpful part of our team. We should be; we have the same goal: healthy mom and baby and a well-adjusted and bonded family.
  8. by   mother/babyRN
    Welcome Cheerio!
  9. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by Cheerio
    A birth or labor doula, is a woman trained and experienced in childbirth. A birth doula accompanies expectant parents through labor and birth, helping them make a smooth transition from pregnancy to parenthood. We provides non-medical emotional and physical support to the birthing Mom and work as a team member with the OB or midwife and nurse.
    Now when you say that they have to be experienced, does that mean that they have had to give birth themselves? I know it probably sounds like a dumb question, but this is something I have been thinking of doing since I am interested in L&D once I finish with nursing school.

    Kris
  10. by   Dazedgiggle
    Welcome, Cheerio! What a wonderful job it sounds like you have!! Hope to hear from you often!
  11. by   baseline
    Welcome! I don't do babies (they are slippery) but I love and respect those that do! give me the busted and broken!
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    No, in order to be a birth doula or OB nurse, you DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE GIVEN BIRTH YOURSELF...and some of the BEST labor attendants I have seen have NOT (men are wonderful labor nurses often---- yet have NO physical birth experience to draw from).....what *is* critical the person be attentive, caring, quick to note changes in maternal/fetal conditions, an very willing to WORK HARD with long hours, to be an effective birth attendant, whether it be nurse or doula....or midwife/dr.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 27, '02
  13. by   nrs2bme
    Welcome to the board... Don't be shy!
    Sharon
  14. by   Cheerio
    Deb said it right Some of the best have BTDT, but I do find it'd great help to draw on personal experience. I can appreciate the pain women go through SO much more since I have given birth.

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