All of you OB nurses, do you see a lot of pregnant teens? Do any of them have doulas? Do you feel they would benefit from the support of a volunteer doula?
I have started up a website that is no where near finished yet, it's called Doulas for Teens. I want to create a network of volunteer doulas that will provide their services to teens. It will be searchable by area.. the site will also have pregnancy / childbirth / parenting related articles (teen-centered). There is a message board up for teens to talk about their pregnancies, preparing for labour, postpartum issues, etc.
I also have a section for doulas to post, and a forum for teens to Ask doulas questions... anyways, my request from you all is to answer the questions in the begining of the post. Also, what do you think would be an essential element to a teen-centered website like this?
I would like to see support for the teens that just don't have it. Whether the baby's father isn't in the picture, or the family is not supportive of the teen.. I read on my board a 17 year old that had a c-section. Maybe it's legit, maybe it wasn't.. would it have been different if she had the support of a doula? That is a question I don't want to have to ask.
Thanks in advance for any answers, advice or suggestions!
There isn't much on the site now because it is in development. But here is the link anyways:
Jul 20, '02
I guess you didn't see the part of the post where I said, "some are more mature then their age". I also admire the fact that have the courage to carry thier baby to term and either raise it or give it for adoption.
I do however, believe that becoming pregnant or impregnating someone as a teen is irresponsible, not unforgivable or the end of ones life but none the less irresponsible. I think we can all agree that being a teen parent is tough and if we could we would help these kids to make better choices.
I'm not trying to condom teen parents or trying to say mean things about them. I have a real desire to work with teen parents I have noticed a lack of services for them and an overall bad attitude toward them.
In fact one of the main reasons I work in maternal child is to work with teen parents. I was 16 when my first child was born my wife was 17. We have been married for 12 years now and I'm very happy with my family. However if you look around you don't see that happening much. Most teen parents have a really rough time and many fall by the way side because no one try's to help them.
Id really like to make life better for them and I strongly believe to do that they have to become responsible. The first step to changing your life is realizing you may have made bad choices in the past and deciding to do better.
I'm sorry if my post made you feel like I was judging you.
Last edit by Dayray on Jul 21, '02
Jul 24, '02
in staffing situations that are IDEAL, i agree doulas do what we labor nurses SHOULD BE DOING IN OUR JOBS!. TOO BAD paperwork (way too damn much of it!), patient census and other issues do not always allow for this. So I say, if someone wants a doula, more power to them. I have no problem w/it. They are there to look out for the best interest of the client. Just as we staff member are! I work WITH the doulas, NOT AGAINST THEM, and i establish POSITIVE working relationships from the START to head off trouble. i have never had a serious issue w/ a doula even tho I could sense some were should be we say "strong in voicing their opinions" However, I work with them and the family to see what it is the laboring family really wants. Open communication, so far has always worked for me!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jul 24, '02