What's your experience with doulas? - page 4

I'm an RN who has had plenty of experience in post-partum, L&D recovery, nursery, and in the wellness area in general, (plus other nursing experience.) I am curious to see a surge (can I use that... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I don't take these questions personally or as pushy. I see them as advocating for the birthing family. I am always happy to answer questions, for doulas, family members and of course, the patients. I will answer the same question over and over, if that is what it takes to help them understand and trust me. That is my job.
  2. by   strn96
    Quote from Belinda-wales
    I think that there are no hard and fast rules every labour is different and every labouring woman is different. I have loads of stories for and against epidurals. All I got to say is that I belive that the epidural rate is much higher in the states than the UK BUT the cs rate is about the same between the two UK may be 1% lower so if the labouring woman wants an epidural why not - ok it might not be what she hoped for but it has a good chance of helping. We should not dictate just support and inform.
    AMEN! Many patients have preconceived ideas either for or against epidurals from other "horror stories" they have heard (either about the epidural or of laboring without an epidural). I just try to make sure they are able to make a well informed decision, that even with an epidural birth will most likely not be pain free, but that they shouldn't get paralyzed from the epidural either.
  3. by   tinyscrafts
    Quote from Wendy79
    I think those standard doula phrases "Can you tell us more about that?" and "Did you have any questions [for the doctor] about that?" can come off as the doula "pushing" the mother.
    Hmmm... I've been thinking about this for a while now. It is encouraging informed consent I think. and putting that responsibility squarely in the doctors lap where it belongs. When the doula goes to do the postpartum visit at moms house the last thing we like to hear is "I didn't know X could do Y" - things like ROM = not being allowed to leave the hospital after being checked and AROM causing FHT's to go immediately to 60 :smackingf So yup I do say those sometimes. Not to push but to make sure they get the information they need to make decisions.
  4. by   BonnieSc
    Yes, I think those are great questions. I'm just saying that I know those ARE seen as pushy by some nurses and doctors.