Rant #8 – Why a Doula is Necessary

I wanted a doula when I was pregnant.  I’m not ungrateful for the insurance coverage I did get.  Excepting my first visit to confirm I was, in fact, pregnant, I didn’t pay for a single doctor’s visit after that.  And it covered a great deal of my hospital stay.  HOWEVER, health insurance companies, in general, have to add coverage for natural/alternative health practices to their policies, and NOT charge extra for these services.  They should be considered part and parcel of prenatal services.

First off, a brief description of a doula:

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.  http://www.dona.org/mothers/

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So, yeah, based on the description, I would definitely consider doulas a necessary part of having a baby, whether or not it’s the firstborn.  HAving been through the whole experience once, I can say any extra support is a good thing.  Among other things, I think it could lower the prevalence os postpartum depression among mothers, or at the very least, would get those that do develop symptoms of postpartum depression thesupport and help they need much sooner.  And keep these mothers from falling through the cracks.

Having a child is a huge experience, and anything that can be done to make it as stress free as possible is a good thing.  It also means more attention on the mother and child, but especially the mother.  I may be repeating myself, but it is so imperative that mothers/parents have as much support as they can get.  Support is really lacking, in general.  So many parts are institutionalized that individual support doesn’t seem to be possible.  So anything that can help should be covered by insurance, and this includes a doula.  A doula mean the parents/mothers have someone extra in their corner during the whole experience and keep things going smoothly.

So yes, I would have loved a doula, and urge, urge, URGE insurance companies to cover doulas.

 

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~ by phaerygurl on September 8, 2013.

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