We get this question a lot. The short answer? YES!
I found out my baby was breech and either needed to turn or I would have a cesarean section. I chose to move forward for the cesarean section and hired a doula.
Prior to my delivery date, my doula helped me process my feelings around my upcoming birth. We talked through my options before, during and after my surgery. I felt calm in her presence.
I woke up bright and early and made my way to the hospital where I met my doula. She greeted us with a warm smile. I was able to release all my emotion and process through more thoughts with her.
We ended up getting pushed back a couple hours and she helped distract me and process with me as my mind would race randomly.
It was time for surgery and I went back with my partner. My doula waited in the hallway patiently. Knowing she was right there gave me so much peace.
She met us in the PACU right after surgery (which went so well) to help me process my experience and to establish nursing.
I was still pretty groggy but these things were so important to me.
My doula came to our house for the postpartum visit and it was such a relief! I could finally talk to someone who was there.
I didn’t have to explain every detail of the day to her. She already knew those. I was able to process through more of what happened and our questions about my recovery and all things newborn. People always say that they don’t come with a manual, but I think doulas actually are like newborn manuals! They’re such a huge help!
All in all, I was grateful for my doula. My c-section went as well as it could have. Many would call it text book. My doula helped me recognize that although I delivered via cesarean, I had options. I had a unique birth story.
She helped me process through the rollercoaster of emotions I experienced. She slowed things down for me and allowed both myself and my partner to be present in the moment through the whole process.
Regardless of how the birth goes, the doula is there to make sure that you feel like you had some control and peace when looking back on your birth experience.
You are still giving birth and if there’s one thing we know about birth, it’s that we don’t know what’s going to happen.
C-Sections are no easy matter. (If you don’t believe me, read this post). They involve waiting, emotions, decisions and several medical professionals. When we combine all of those things we often get frustrated and overwhelmed. Doulas are here to ease that.
So how will my doula help?
When you are planning a c-section birth and hire us for doula services, we will meet you where you are at. We attune to your needs right then and there. We adapt to the changing circumstances and serve you.
We identify places in which you have a choice and help you walk away from your birth story with confidence and the knowledge that you made the right decisions for you and your family. We support you.
Whether you are giving birth via cesarean in Skagit or Bellingham, we know how to navigate the unknowns with you. We are here to provide you with unparalleled doula care regardless of how you birth your baby.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about our Bellingham doula services or our Skagit doula services.
Because in the end, you are still giving birth! You will still come away from this experience with your own unique birth story. We want you to be able to look back at that story and smile.
Author, Kristina McMurtrey, is a passionate doula who aims to see families supported regardless of their unique way of navigating pregnancy, birth and parenting.
North Cascade Doulas provide care for families looking for Labor Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Placenta Encapsulation and Childbirth Education Classes. We support all parenting philosophies and birth plans.
Our doulas have experience in a variety of areas, such as:
(natural) unmedicated birth / (surgical) cesarean birth / epidural birth / induction / planned induction / planned cesarean / VBAC / TOLAC / waterbirth / hypnobirthing / multiples / breastfeeding / bottle feeding / formula feeding / NICU / PPD / PPMD / bed rest / high risk / low risk / advanced maternal age / miscarriage / IVF / and more.
Areas we Serve:
We serve Whatcom and Skagit Counties and the neighborhoods of Alger / Anacortes / Bellingham / Big Lake / Birch Bay / Blaine / Bow / Burlington / Clear Lake / Custer / Everson / Ferndale / Glen Haven / La Conner / Laurel / Lynden / Mount Vernon / Sedro Woolley / Sudden Valley / Maple Falls / Everson / Stanwood