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The adage “once a cesarean, always a cesarean” is archaic, outdated, and simply untrue. Women CAN have vaginal births after cesarean delivery. VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) are increasing the United States! There are many reasons why one would choose a VBAC: afraid of surgery, recovery was difficult, birth trauma and the list continues. An expecting woman's decision to have a VBAC is personal, important and her right.
The greatest resource for a mother after the birth of her child is a Postpartum Doula. Doulas are trained in supporting families during pregnancy and the postpartum period. They provide judge-free support, expertise, and flexibility helping you recover from childbirth and enter motherhood gracefully. With in-home care you receive both the privacy and support you deserve. Lactation education and support is also a large part of Doulas services.
As a doula this comes up all the time, "I am planning cesarean, why would I need a doula?" or "What if I end up with a cesarean, then is the money and time invested worth it?" The answer is yes, ABSOLUTELY. If you want continuous, unbiased support, then regardless how you birth, you will benefit from having a doula present.
From baby showers to childbirth education classes, you are ready for birth! You have attended a newborn care class, spoken with all your mom friends, and even got the crib assembled. We place so much emphasis on pregnancy, preparing for childbirth, and newborn care, that we forget about caring for mom and even her partner.
My support group saved my life. I finally was able to bond with my daughter when she was six month old. She is my sunshine. I don't remember a lot of those first 6 months, and that's okay because I am here today. The vase is finally put back together because I was. I am a beautiful mosaic vase. The broken pieces put together, still strong but forever change.
There is a myth that doulas only provide support to natural, unmedicated births. Here at Doulas of Las Vegas, that is simple untrue. We know that pregnancy and childbirth are unique experiences. We provide labor to support to all the variations of birth. Here are a few ways a doula can help if you are planning to have epidural.
After doing research on the web and talking to your girlfriends, you have lined up interviews with three prospectives doulas. This maybe your first or second birth, but the first time using a doula. How will you know which doula is the best fit for you and your family? Here are some questions to ask and consider before hiring a doula to attend your birth.
For most of history, women were exposed to birth many times before they had their own baby. They would have seen the labors and births of their mothers, aunts, neighbors and friends—so when it came time, they were familiar with the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations. These days, most women don’t experience much about childbirth until they’re actually pregnant and contemplating giving birth themselves. That’s why childbirth education has become so common in the last 70 years—it’s our culture’s way of providing the “initiation” of previous generations.
If you’re pregnant or a new parent, you’ve probably heard lots of the phrase “breast is best.” It’s a common refrain in our culture, a quick and catchy rhyme that was created once medical professionals and researchers realized that breastfeeding has many health advantages for both mothers and babies. Of course, we here at Doulas of Las Vegas believe that breastfeeding is incredible—an amazing and valuable way to feed your baby. But we don’t believe it is “best.”
Having a new baby is serious business. From the feeding to the sleeping to the “Whoa, is that normal?!” it can be hard to get a handle on how to do it all. Many new parents feel scared and overwhelmed once the visits have died down and the Facebook likes have stopped rolling in. Of course you love your adorable bundle of joy, but maybe you didn’t expect the newborn period to feel quite so intense.