The Benefits of Having a Doula Around for a C-Section, Robin Elise Weiss, PhD

A doula is trained to help women and their families while giving birth, whether vaginally or by cesarean. The cesarean surgery rate in the United States alone is at just under 33 percent. This means that nearly one in three women will give birth via major surgery. This surgery may be planned in advance or may be done during labor in either an emergent or non-emergent basis. Learn how professional labor support in the way of a doula can help.

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The Role of a Doula in a Scheduled Cesarean Sections

You may find that you need to schedule the delivery date of your baby to be born via C-section. The need for this can be for many reasons. If this is how you are giving birth you will still need support from other people. A doula can be the perfect person to help give you this support.

  1. A doula can bring in another set of hands and eyes and ears to help you better prepare for your upcoming surgical birth. She can help you get answers to your questions and formulate a birth plan for a cesarean section. Sometimes your doula can even help you by offering you an educational class on a cesarean section.
  2. During the period before surgery, your doula can help explain procedures to you and help you get answers to any questions that you have, much like she would during a normal labor setting. Your doula can help you manage painful procedures like the administration of an IV or even the spinal or an epidural for your surgery.
  3. Once inside the operating room (OR), your doula will assist you in knowing what is going on by giving you details of whatever you wish to know. Your surgeon and assistants are busy doing the surgery. The nurses are preparing the room for the baby. Your husband or partner is awaiting the baby and, if immediate skin-to-skin contact is not available, may soon go to the warmer to greet the baby. Your doula will be at your side. She can take photos if you desire, particularly after the baby is born. She can remind the staff of any special requests you may have, like letting your husband announce the sex of the baby or to keep a quiet room during the birth. Read more