DOULA SUPPORT AT BIRTH

For years, the main feeling that triggered the birth fears of our women in our hospitals was being alone and being left alone during birth. A lot of women screaming and screaming in ward-like rooms called labor rooms, saying they were going to give birth normally... A lot of women who couldn't trust their bodies and themselves, who were waiting not to give birth but to be delivered... A lot of women in a fearful, anxious and panicked state gave birth like this. We called this normal birth.

In natural birth, the emotional and physical support to be given to the giving birth mother is very important. The mother requires uninterrupted support throughout the labor. This support should be provided by both a professional team and the pregnant woman's most trusted spouse or loved one within the family. Birth support does not mean keeping track of medical data about the baby. Midwives and doctors already do this. Emotional trust-oriented support is provided by professional birth supporters called doulas. The duty of doulas is to ensure that the woman giving birth feels safe.

Routine interventions should not be applied to pregnant women unless there is a medical necessity. However, today, these interventions have begun to be applied to all pregnant women, without distinguishing between high-risk and non-risk pregnant women. When deciding on intervention at birth, advantage and disadvantage decisions should be carefully evaluated and these should be shared with the family appropriately.

Active pushing techniques supported by gravity should be supported during birth. The key to every straining technique is the use of abdominal breathing. If the mother could instinctively listen to her baby, she would know when the baby might come. She could direct her baby. There is no need for anyone else to tell her how to push. All she needs is to know that she is not alone and to trust those around her, her baby and her body.

Read: 0