The Value of a Doula

What value does a doula bring to a birth?

What value would you put on a product that could shorten your labor, provide a more positive outlook on your birth and postpartum period, and substantially lower your chance of having a cesarean that isn’t medically necessary?

What if I told you there is a way to have all those things and more, and it will change your life forever? What if I told you it’s as simple as hiring a doula?

In a Cochrane review from 2013 women with doulas were shown to:

  • Be more likely to give birth spontaneously, i.e. give birth without cesarean, vacuum, or forceps
  • Be less likely to use pain medications
  • Be more likely to be satisfied with their birth and the days immediately postpartum
  • Have shorter labors
  • Have babies that were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores

Interestingly, the Cochrane review found that hiring a doula had no harmful effects.

A doula is not just another member of your birth team. A doula’s sole purpose is to form a relationship with you and your partner in order to better support you throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery, and early postpartum period. Nurses and doctors provide wonderful medical care; however, they have multiple patients and cannot be by your side through your entire labor. Your doula will be by your side the moment you need her, whether that is at your home or hospital, and through the duration of your labor. The value of hiring someone who is there for you from start to finish is immeasurable.

Our doulas operate in a team model so you never have to worry about them being distracted or called away by another client. When they are there for you, they are fully present. Your needs, wants, and desires come first. They are there to cheer you on, support your decisions, ensure you have someone to lean on, provide security, and help research information. They are there to help your partner connect with you deeper so that he/she can support you more fully.

Our doulas are invaluable, as they truly are unbiased. They will strive to provide you support with the birth you desire, no matter what it looks like. Our doulas have worked hard to facilitate professional, supportive relationships with the care providers in our community and when we step in a labor room, the nurses and doctors we work with can rest assured that we are there as a complimentary aspect of your birth team. When you hire a doula, you are hiring someone who has dedicated their lives to learning about the care and support of birthing individuals and their families. You are hiring someone who is knowledgeable, certified, and experienced in this field of expertise and that is priceless.

Author: Morningstar Middleton

Summer Job Ideas for Your Teen

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Your kids are home all day and now that the newness of school being out has quickly dissipated, they need something to do!

You would probably prefer they get involved in something that teaches responsibility, brings them extra spending money, and gives them some good life experience. What could this possibly be describing?

A summer job!

But where is a safe place for them to work where they will be treated fairly and be able to get hired part-time during the summer? There are, of course, the usual routes: McDonald’s, office work, etc.

OR you could suggest something summery they can do that they might even enjoy!

Lifeguard: Yes, you have to be certified. But, lifeguards get paid quite a bit, they have a very important role, beaches hire during the summer, and your son or daughter will enjoy getting a nice tan!

Fruit-picking: This teaches the lesson of hard work, as you get paid for each bucket that you pick. Slacking off is not an option, the hours are early, and the work is tough, but oh so worth it. Your teen will feel so proud of every dollar truly earned and this job instills determination and hard work. Plus, they won’t be stuck inside on a beautiful day!

Waterpark/Disney: so fun! Another industry that peaks in the summer time! They can operate a ride, monitor a slide, or check people in! This teaches excellent people skills and doesn’t always feel like “work”.

Lawn care: you can make some serious green…while you cut the green! Line up several lawns in the same day! But, don’t overdo it. One young entrepreneur got so ambitious he lined up 10 lawns in the same day! His sunburn went deeper than just one layer of skin.

Babysitting: So many mothers need someone to watch their kids. While daycare provides so much quality for children, if your son or daughter personally knows a family in need of childcare, they may be more inclined to go with someone they know.

Summer tutoring: tutor a friend in your best subject or work at a summer camp for a few weeks! You’ll get free meals, lodging; tons of kids to love on and you get paid to play games. It’s a great opportunity for a teen to take the role of a mentor.