My philosophy is my own, not yours. We each develop our own philosophy by experiences in our lives and our philosophy evolves as we do. Mine continues to change. Keep in mind that, as a doula, my goal is to help a woman to have a safe and satisfying experience as she defines it. That means that you define your birth!
A woman's body is specifically designed for childbirth. Her body is amazingly structured to conceive, grow, nurture and give birth.
Pregnancy and birth in and of themselves are not medical conditions.
A good birth experience is more than having a healthy baby. Of course every woman desires a healthy baby, that is naturally and automatically assumed. Our culture underestimates the birth experience. The experience of birth itself is a rite of passage that can lead a woman on a journey of self-discovery and self-empowerment.
Our amazing body uses pain to communicate something is wrong. Because childbirth almost always involves pain, this mindset gives us the sense that childbirth is something to be 'fixed' when in fact, it works best when there is no or little interference.
Our 'take a pill and fix it' attitude has consequences in childbirth. There is no such thing as one intervention because one triggers another.
A woman has a right to chose the type of birth she desires.
A woman in labor is vulnerable and should be treated with ultimate respect, dignity and loving care. She should be fully informed and empowered to make her own decisions regarding her body and her baby.
Labor is a delicate, physiological balance between mother and baby. Those supporting her should listen attentively to her and help her to follow her instincts while creating a safe and secure environment for her and her partner.
Pain→Fear→Pain→Fear...We are all afraid of the unknown. Because birth is an intimate experience, most women have never witnessed birth (television drama does not count). The more a mother can educate and familiarize herself with what birth looks and sounds like, the better equipped she will be in handling the challenges of her labor. Birth videos are particularly helpful.
Position is everything in labor. Various positions and the act of changing positions can facilitate rotation and descent of the baby.
When a baby emerges into the world, the change in environment is dramatic and affects all of the baby's senses. Ideally, babies should be born gently into loving hands with minimum lights, quiet voices and be given time to adjust to life outside the womb before being weighed, measured and handled by too many people other than the parents. Those assisting the mother should help her to maintain skin to skin contact with her baby immediately after birth.
A woman's body is amazingly designed to breastfeed. There is no equal substitute for breast milk as it contains living cells and is specifically designed by the mother's body for that baby, that day, that hour, delivering on-demand immunities. The composition constantly changes. Formula cannot do that. Breast milk can never be duplicated by man.