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What is a (Full Spectrum) Doula?
A doula is a trained professional working with expectant parents providing non-judgemental continuous physical, emotional and informational support during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.
At Spectrum Doula Collective we are also full spectrum doulas. As full spectrum doulas we provide that same non-judgemental support and continuity of care for all experiences of pregnancy and family planning choices, providing safe and informed support no matter how you've formed your family. We are inclusive to all families, including but not limited to couples, single parents, surrogates and intended parents, adoptive parents, and LGBTQ+ identified parents.
What's the difference between a midwife and doula?
Midwives and Doulas play very different roles in the birth room.
Upon finding out that you're pregnant you would have chosen either a Midwife, or a Doctor (Family Physician, or an Obstetrician) to provide clinical care during your pregnancy and to deliver your baby. While a Midwife provides clinical care, a doula is there to work with your Midwife or Doctor to provide the emotional and physical support throughout pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.
A doula does not provide clinical care or deliver your baby. Our doulas love to work with Midwives, Family Physicians and Obstetricians.
What should I look for in a doula?
Choosing a doula is a very personal experience. Only you will know the right doula for you - so it is worth meeting a few! It is important to know why you've chosen to look for a doula. Perhaps you're looking for a birth coach to help you get in to a coping mindset? Maybe you're hoping your doula will help you or a partner speak up and advocate for yourself in the birth room? You may be hoping your doula will tell you the sh!t no one else does about labour and delivery? Or maybe you're looking for a combination or all of the above.
Most doulas have very similar training, and although experience varies, every birth is unique. What is important to keep in mind when meeting with a doula is how you feel around them, do you enjoy talking to them, are you comfortable, do you feel safe, do you appreciate their honesty, do you feel like you can be open and honest with them? These are the really important things to consider. Birth is a very intimate experience, and you may be spending many, many hours with your doula, so it is important that they are able to offer what you're looking for, and that you're able to connect on a personal level because that is what you will remember.
If you're interested in a doula, we would love to help you find the doula that you're looking for!
Do Doulas and Clinical Staff get along?
Absolutely! We want to work with your clinical team, whether you've chosen a Midwife, Family Doctor or Obstetrician. We all have a common goal and that is to give you the best care and experience possible. We let them handle the clinical care and we fill in all the gaps, whether it be making you more comfortable, listening to your concerns, or helping ask clinical questions and to better understand what is happening at each stage of labour and delivery.
I have a partner, will they feel left out if I hire a doula?
We sure hope not! At Spectrum Doula Collective our goal is to make your partner feel even more included than if we weren't there. Through our years of experience we continually hear from partners how stressed they would be if they were the only support. As your doula we carry all that stress so you and your partner can both be as present as possible during the birth of babe.
We will worry about when to go to the hospital, the packing list, and translating what the clinical staff is saying. We will help provide the time and space needed to feel confident in every decision. This way, both you and your partner leave the birth feeling supported and cared for.
What's the birth philosophy of Spectrum doulas?
You're the boss. What you care about, we care about, it's as simple as that. Our philosophy is non-judgemental support. No matter what you choose our goal is that you look back at your experience feeling supported, cared for, and confident in the decisions that you made.
Doulas aren't cheap - What do I get if I hire a birth doula?
Doulas are an investment, that's for sure. There are a number of factors that play into our fees, including our pre and postnatal visits, our availability to answer your questions throughout pregnancy and in those early postpartum days, as well as the attendance of your birth, which can vary in length from a few hours, to many, many hours.
In addition to this, because of the unpredictability of Labour we are only able to book a limited number of clients to ensure that we will be there at your birth. Upon hiring a Spectrum Doula we are on-call and available to you for around the clock support, so if there is an emergency, or labour begins brewing, whether it be at 21, 32, 36, or 41 weeks we will drop everything in our schedules to be there with you.
Our work also requires us to leave special events with family and friends from time to time, and holidays need to be managed very carefully. We love our jobs, and make the sacrifices to be there for you, whether it be in the middle of the night, or being away from our family for an extended period of time.
We like to think of ourselves as birth consultants, similar to a consultant that you might hire for your own business or place of work. We come with expert knowledge on the progress of labour and comfort measures, and we are available when it really matters.