As I finished up a postpartum this morning and headed out the door to another continuing education workshop, my client said "Wow, you go go to a lot of those." I agreed.
And I thought about it...
And I responded "Not all doulas do."
This is my career. I take pride in what I do and and take every opportunity to learn and grow. I LOVE going to workshops, conferences, classes and events. I LOVE being a current point of reference for my clients. I have years of education and training that allows me to make a profession out of being a doula. It's much more than a hobby for me. I am committed to putting out the highest quality service with confidence.
Part of my fee goes directly to developing my skill-set and furthering my education...and a ton to running my business, that is VERY important to me.... which makes each and every one of my client's satisfaction vital.
Unlike medical personnel, doulas don't have any licensing, no requirements for using the title they do. We live in a world where there is zero regulation or accountability for doulas. There are "doulas" who simply wake up one day and call themselves doulas. There are several dozen certifying organizations that may not even require an in-person workshop or require a single birth before issuing a certification. Sometimes it's a matter of answering some questions online. I can't tell you how many free or 'low cost' doulas I have seen let their clients down. I've been doing this for over 14 years.
When you hire me as your doula, you gain my expertise, my education, my training... You owe it to yourself to take advantage of this care customized for you. Hiring a professional doula saves you needless worry and allows you to put your mind at ease. Your satisfaction is my absolute goal!!
Babies come out of vaginas, so why do we keep hearing the term "back labor"?
What is back labor? Simply put, it's pain in your back during labor.
Why does this happen? Sometimes your baby is facing your pubic bone during labor and the hardest part of the baby's head is against your low back (sacrum). This position is usually referred to as an "OP" or "occiput posterior" baby.
Can I prevent back labor? Sometimes you can't. Sometimes just like to stay right where they are BUT, I like for my clients to do daily balancing excercises along with prenatal yoga during pregnancy to increase the probability of optimal fetal positioning. Spinning Babies is a great resource and sells a very simple, and in my experince, effective video.
Click here to find a Webster certified chiropractor to help make sure your pelvis is aligned well for the most symmetrical exit and rotation route for your baby.
What if I have back labor? How can I fix it? Again, sometimes you can't....but if you know someone (usually a doula or midwife) who is familiar with the spinning babies recommendations for back labor, there are some positions that can encourage your baby to turn, and effectively end the pain in your back.
Sometimes those Webster certified chiropractors can do an adjustment during labor to help your baby to turn.
Sometimes you can manage the pain by using "counterpressure" by pressing against the sacrum with the heel of your hand, a tennis ball or hot pack. Try hip circles while in a hot shower. A TENS unit can also be effecting at eliminating/diminishing back labor. (A TENS unit is included as part of my doula services for each of my clients, as are techniques to prevent and manage back labor)
The worst thing for back labor is to lie on your back and take it. Do something about it! Get up and go.
The more you move, the more likely your baby is to move. Getting off your back helps your labor to move from your back to your front. And that's ideal! Shake your hips, get on your hands and knees and rock your pelvis, hula dance! Send your baby the message to move. Think Shakira hips!
Managing your back labor may include things like belly sifting, inversions, belly lift and tuck, knee chest position, and even something called Walcher's position.
If you have back labor, let your doula know immediately so she can help you get started on the things that might make your labor easier for you!
Thanks for reading!
Fort Worth Doula
Abbey is a birth and postpartum doula and placenta specialist in Dallas/Fort Worth and a mom to 4 children between the ages of 19 and 6.