Below are some of the frequently asked questions about Doulas, Midwives and the 4th Trimester. If you have anything else to ask me, leave me your question/message on my contact page. I will respond to your query within 2 business days.
1. WHAT IS A DOULA?
A Doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labour, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience. Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this period, they develop a relationship in which the mother feels free to ask questions, express her fears and concerns, and take an active role in creating a birth plan. Most doulas make themselves available to the mother by phone in order to respond to her questions or address any concerns that might arise during the course of the pregnancy. Doulas do not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labour and delivery. A doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth. The goal of a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth.
3. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MIDWIFE AND A DOULA?
A doula acts as an emotional, physical and informative support for the mother. A midwife is medically trained to perform the necessary medical examinations throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum in addition to supporting the mother and child emotionally. Jayne offers the personalised comfort of a doula with the added experience of a midwife and nurse. Jayne has over 45 years industry experience working in both hospitals and birth centres, from New Zealand, where she was born, to Ireland, then onto Australian cities, to remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities and the isolated Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands.
5. WHY DO I NEED A DOULA?
Doula's can partner with you throughout pregnancy and the 4th trimester to give you greater support and nurturing in addition to your midwife, obstetrician, hospital team or doctor. Women choose to employ a doula because they want more physical, emotional and informative support during labor and birth without outside the medical. Think of a doula as your dedicated birth partner or coach.
Doula's are becoming increasingly popular. Research has shown that having a sympathetic and knowledgeable woman with you during labour and birth, reduces the chance of complications and the likelihood of unnecessary interventions. Doula's provide comprehensive, continual, flexible and personalised specialist care during pregnancy, postnatal and the early parenting period.
2. WHAT ARE MIDWIVES?
Midwives are health professionals who provide specialist care, education, and support during pregnancy, birth, postnatal, and the early parenting period. A midwife can be employed by the Australian Health System (AIHW) working within a hospital team, unit and birth centre or work independently as a private midwife. Currently in most states, you cannot employ a midwife as your single care provider, which is why midwives work in addition to a doctor, private obstetrician or hospital team. Independent midwives do not help you birth your baby, unless you are considering a home birth. Many women engage an independent midwife because they want additional support to their doctor and hospital midwifery team, and one person who they have employed privately to work with them consistently throughout the entire prenatal and postnatal period.
4. WHAT IS THE 4TH TRIMESTER?
The 4th trimester is the first 3 months after birth, from day one to the day your baby turns 3 months old. This period of adjustment to the world outside your womb is a time of enormous change and development for your baby. It is also the transition into parenthood for mothers and their partners. Midwives can help with feeding, settling, explaining and assessing normal newborn behaviours, as well as supporting your well being and seeking resources and referrals to specific services that may be beneficial to you. Jayne’s services are especially designed to assist with the transition into parenting a newborn during the 4th trimester.
6. CAN I CLAIM A MEDICARE REBATE?
No. Jayne’s services are not covered by medicare.