Whether you’re looking for a birth or postpartum doula, or both, it’s important to find someone that you (and your partner or other support person) feel comfortable with. This person will be in your home, interacting with older children (if you have them), pets and other family members. You should ensure the doula you choose has the same general philosophy as you and will support you in the type of birth you want.
I prefer to meet with you (and your partner or other support person, if applicable) at least three times before labour to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, and to plan how we might best work together. The first meeting does not obligate you to use my services and we can discuss my fees at that time. Prior to the birth I would like to become familiar with your preferences regarding labour management options and the use of pain medications. I also want to learn about your own best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner foresee working together.
As a doula, I do my best to integrate myself seamlessly into your care team and provide support where you need it most. This can look very different for each family, in some cases this may mean I am sitting quietly, waiting until my help is requested, or I could be very hands on and involved. Whether you have a Doctor, Obstetrician, or Midwife, I work collaboratively and cooperatively, helping you to have the most empowered and safe labour experience.
Under BC's Medical Services Plan, you can choose either a Family Physician or a Registered Midwife to be your primary caregiver during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. If you have certain risk factors or pre-existing conditions, your primary care provider may also consult with a specialist, like an Obstetrician.
Whether you choose the care of a registered midwife or a family physician for your pregnancy and postnatal care - it is important that you feel comfortable with them, as they will be assisting you and your baby through your pregnancy and the six weeks thereafter. Both are licensed professionals, and can deliver in hospital. Registered midwives can also offer you the option of home delivery and provide pre and post natal visits at your home.
Either way you choose to go, it’s wise to contact your healthcare provider as soon as you think you may be pregnant (or better yet, opt for a preconception appointment to talk about your health and address any possible issues before becoming pregnant.) This is particularly important with Registered Midwives, as their practices tend to fill up quickly.
"Pam’s skill and love of children, combined with her empathy, tact, and intuition make her an excellent labour and postpartum doula. I’m so glad that we were able to have Pam as our doula!"