"I had not heard of a Doula before knowing you. Just wondering how long they have been around?
Also, as a doula are you ever left alone with a woman in labour?"
Great question! Labor Doulas have been used throughout history. Originally they were our neighbors and family. As we moved into the 20th Century the medical establishment dimished our roles slightly. In the last 20 years we are witnessing a resurgence of professional Labor Doulas.
Yes, we work with the moms often alone or with their partners for many hours. We begin working with our clients during the earlier stages of labor, helping them with comfort techniques for the pain, reminding them to nourish themselves, helping them walk and use natural techniques to encourage their labor to progress.
We usually do not see the doctor or Midwife until it's time for the mom to enter the pushing stages of labor.
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