Working with Doulas - page 2

I'm just wondering what the general consensus of nurses is when working with doulas. I'm a doula in private practice and I'm looking forward to starting school this spring to get my RN. I'm currently... Read More

  1. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from BETSRN
    I love doulas, and am sorry we don't encounter more of them. We only have them occasionally. I wish we had a doula program. I am alwayas happy to ahve a patient who brings a sould with her because usually they are such a wonderful addition top the patient's overall experience.

    It's the occasional doula who has her own agenda that makes it difficult for all doulas, if you know what I mean.

    Good luck in your RN endeavors. Your doula skills will be such an asset if you become an L&D nurse at some point.

    Betsy
    Betsy,

    Thank you for your good wishes. Actually, there are several arenas I am considering for nursing work - L&D, Mother/Baby, and NICU. Although my first love is L&D, I'd love to do NICU work. However, to get to see abnormal processes, I should get to know "well babies" and work in Mother/Baby before doing NICU. We shall see when I get down - it all depends on job openings when I graduate.

    Hmm.. as far as a hospital program. I know of a big doula group in CT, I believe they were called the Banbury Doulas. I did a search for them a while ago and couldn't find them. Maybe they changed their name. How about presenting this idea to your volunteer department? I'm sure there are doulas who would love to share their expertise, and the newer ones could get at least get a little experience. That's how we got started, sort of a child abuse prevention network. Our hospital is considered the "Medicaid hospital" for Tulsa county and they were concerned about child abuse in this area. That's how our program got started, and if a Medicaid hospital can do it, probably any hospital that's willing can start one.

    We have a general "triage" for who qualifies for a free doula.
    1. Primip, no support.
    2. Multip, no support
    3. Primip, some support
    4. Multip, some support

    We check in with the charge nurse and she refers the appropriate pts to us, and we go to the room and see if they are willing to accept support. We work in 8 hr shifts, and maybe beyond if we want to.

    I love our program, and I hope that it would catch on in our places.

    Katherine
  2. by   BETSRN
    That's probably Danbury Doulas, not Banbury. They are probably the group that is based at Danbury Hospital in Danbury,CT.
  3. by   BETSRN
    Regarding the patient getting the Stadol....they probably decided to give her a full does (1mg. as opposed to 1/2 mg) because in my opinion, the first dose always works the best and if you don't give that full mg to start, the relief is rarely as effective.
  4. by   CatskillsRN
    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    Betsy,

    mm.. as far as a hospital program. I know of a big doula group in CT, I believe they were called the Banbury Doulas. I did a search for them a while ago and couldn't find them.

    Katherine
    Hello!!!!
    the Danburry Doula program is poart of the Danburry Hospital in CT. I know one of them if u r interested to know more.
  5. by   BabyRN2Be
    After I posted that I remembered it was Danbury, and not Banbury. So that's why I couldn't find them on the Google search. :chuckle

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