Do Doulas and epidurals mix?
One of our most frequently asked questions is “I really want to hire a doula, but I’m thinking about getting an epidural. Is that okay?”
Today, we want to break the stigma and tell you that it’s more than okay. There is a myth in the birth world that doulas only exist to support clients who want to birth without pain medication. This is absolutely false. Doulas primarily serve as support people, and no matter how a client births there is so much we can do to help your experience be a better one.
The truth is, professional doulas will never talk a client out of getting an epidural or tell the client when to get one. The decisions about your birth will remain exactly where we want them to remain: between you and your provider.
Epidural administered…Now what?
So you decided you wanted an epidural. Having a doula around can still be very helpful. Doulas are trained in supporting all types of births, so we can easily answer questions about the epidural and even help you formulate your own if you are wanting to talk to your care provider or anesthesiologist. We can also talk to your partner and help to support them.
Upon getting the epidural, oftentimes you are confined to the bed as you will not be able to feel your legs. While many assume and epidural will mean instant comfort, this is often not the case. We can sit with you and help with comfort measures until you are feeling okay enough to rest. We can also support you if side effects such as nausea come about.
The Bottom Line
The biggest takeaway is that no matter what type of birth you choose, we as your doulas will attune and hold space for you. We will make sure you feel as safe and in control as possible and will be your right hand line of support to answer any questions and bring any comforts that may be able to help. We will also make sure your partner is doing the same.
A professional doula understands that clients are in control of their own birthing choices. We completely trust you to make decisions that are best for you and your baby. You will never be locked into a birth plan with us, and we understand that your needs will change from minute to minute. No matter what you need, you can put your trust entirely in us.