Birth Doula Support During COVID-19
Updated: Aug 13, 2020
As the U.S. grapples with COVID-19 and the restrictions put in place because of it, many moms are uncertain about hiring a birth doula. I have been asked multiple questions about this topic. What does doula support look like if hospitals have a one support person policy? What will happen if a hospital puts restrictions in place after a doula is hired? Isn’t it better just to forgo getting a doula during this time? Pregnancy & Motherhood come with enough worries, so I want to help ease at least these concerns by answering these three common questions.
What does doula support look like if hospitals have a one support person policy?
Many moms mistakenly believe that if a doula can’t be physically present at their births there is no need to get one. This is not true at all! If a hospital has this restriction, New Creations doulas can still provide essential caring support. Such as, assisting with putting together a birth plan, preparing mentally for birth, being on-call for questions, and providing at-home support before mom goes to the hospital. If a mother wants, New Creation’s doulas also offer virtual labor coaching after mom is admitted to the hospital and can “stay with her” until an hour after baby is born. If a mom does not prefer virtual support, post-partum support plans can be substituted.
What happens if a hospital puts restrictions in place after a doula is hired?
This actually happened to me. A momma hired me to be her birth doula before I had even heard of COVID-19 last fall. Shortly before she gave birth this spring, I learned that the hospital where she was scheduled to deliver had put a one support person policy in place. It was a difficult decision for her to pick between her husband and me, but she opted to have her husband after carefully considering. As her doula, I knew my role in her birth story had not ended… just changed. I wanted her to still feel supported, to be there to answer her questions, and help her have the birth experience she wanted. To do this, I provided prenatal support, joined her at her home for early labor, and went with her to the hospital. She had planned to have me video call in after she was settled into her room, but due to a very fast birth this didn’t happen. During her hospital stay, she called me multiple times with questions and after she returned home I gave her a few hours of in-person postpartum care. She has since told me that having a doula was the best decision she made and that without me her birth would have looked very different.
Isn’t it better just to forgo getting a doula during this time?
Absolutely not! If there is a time when birth doulas are needed, it is now. The season of pregnancy, labor, and birth is a challenging journey for any mom to undertake and has become increasing complicated due to COVID-19. New Creation’s birth doulas are ready and prepared to provide physical, informational, and emotional support to our community’s mommas during this uncertain time.
Get in touch
For more specific information about New Creation’s birth doula services click here. If you have questions about our alternate COVID-19 support plans contact us by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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