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post #21 of 79

Well I have been to a twin birth (but it was my own ;)  I had to deliver in the OR for safety purposes.. I was told that if I didn't get an epideral that they would quickly knock me out if they had any problems and perform a c section.. But if I had an Epideral already put in than I would be awake either way.  Initially I tried to go natural (as I did with my first pregnancy) but after an hour of super intense contractions right on top of eachother I opted out and got the epideral.  I'm not sure where in OR you are, but I am in Southern Oregon and in the OR they would only allow my husband in (and he had to be in full scrubs) and there was the ob doc, two nurses and two pediatricians on standby. (kinda a big deal) I had no complications during my pregnancy so I wasn't a special case or anything... and once they discovered Baby A was "sunnyside up" they realized why I was in soo much pain soo quickly in the labor... Baby A came out with suction (cuz of his postion) and baby B came out 30 minutes later healthy as can be...

A couple things I learned coming out of the delivery is that BABY A is usually Bigger, and BABY B is usually the more concerning one, (that's why she used suction she didn't want to take her time cuz I guess the risks are higher.   My twins were 6lb7 oz and 6lb 14oz  I was Induced (finally) at 37 weeks and 5 days, I'm 5'2 and the babies were all out front.. so another thing I would recommend is to wrap mamas tummy once you get the ok from the doc.. I have a HUGE diastasis recti separation as a result of my large babies on my small frame. In fact I would talk to the mom now about excercises she can do to prevent this horrible side effect .. (only way to repair it is tummytuck otherwise, and certain excercises will just make it worse)

If I can help in anyway please ask... i've done tons of research on twin births and I love to help out other twin mamas (I started a twin group in my community as well)

Shay

post #22 of 79

thanks buttongirl! I really appreciate it :) I'm going to look into it more right now :)

post #23 of 79

Here they will allow me to be there for the entire labor, but if it ends up at any time becoming a cesarean I will leave. I don't believe I have to be scrubbed up though. I am unsure yet if she will be laboring in a labor room or the or.... I belierve it willbe in a ldr room tho...

 

I will definately talk lots to her about exercises to do, thanks for the tip! any links you'd rec?

 

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post #25 of 79
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Hi! I just received my cert. from ICEA and am so excited to find this forum! I attended 4 births during the training but then had my 4th baby 11 mos. ago, so things have become more complicated. He nurses a lot still and I'm not eager to leave him for hours and hours at a time. I attended my last birth when I was pregnant with him and I was there for 17 hours! Not do-able now that he's here, at least for now.  But I'm so anxious to get into the working world for doulas:) So...I'm going to just do scheduled postpartum work for now. In 6-12 mos. I'll start attending births again. I saw another mom on here also has 4 kids and homeschool- I do too. So, lots to consider! But I love this field!


What led you to choose ICEA? I've been looking at their website, just out of curiosity.

 

How old are your kids? (I'm the homeschooler with 4)
 

post #26 of 79

"Any tips for me? Here twins are born in the OR, with an epidural cath placed even if no pain medication is administered.... "

 

I've attended two twin births.

 

At the first one, mom declined having the epidural placed because she wasn't comfortable with it.The nurses tried to talk her into it but she stayed firm and they got over it. She labored in the regular labor and delivery room and we moved to the OR when she started pushing. Both babies were born vaginally, an hour apart.

 

At the second birth, Mom did choose to have an epidural. It mostly wore off by the time she was pushing, and she was even able to do some pushing standing up. We all went to the OR when it was near time for Baby A to be born. The second baby was born via Cesarean, which I was able to stay for.

post #27 of 79

like the name Doula Mamas Tribe. I am a Doula in the Atlanta metro area and would love to connect with others as well. http://www.craftswombman.com/womb_services.

post #28 of 79
Thread Starter 

Question for you Doula Mamas:

 

Did you start attending births before you experienced childbirth for yourself? If so, how has your own birth(s) affected/changed the way you support mothers, now that you are a mother yourself?

post #29 of 79

Hi!  I'm a new doula and a mother of 2.  My kids are 1.5 and almost 4.  I am not yet certified with DONA, but I have all my paperwork purchased and now I am wondering if I should go through with the certification or not.  I love working with essential oils and bringing my clients an herbal bath afterwards and I am pretty sure that would all be out of my scope of practice as a DONA doula.  Thoughts?  

The trickiest part for me, so far, has not been childcare because I have an awesome support system and live near all my family, but the sleep deprivation.  People are of course so willing to help when I'm AT a birth, but then afterwards and getting very little sleep I am having such a hard time caring for my 2 young kids by myself on basically no sleep.  So I need to figure that one out.  I know I need to ask for help, but I guess that's hard for me to do.  

 

I love being a doula though!!  I am going to Hypnobabies training next weekend and then I'll be a CBE  and I teach prenatal yoga, so it all fits together really nicely, I think.  So happy to have found my life's passion!!  

post #30 of 79

I am also an aspiring doula, lactation consultant, CBE, midwife asst. :) I plan to start next month. I am in the process of buying books now. I hope to be able to officially join this thread soon. Has anyone been certified through Birth Arts Intl?

post #31 of 79
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I am also an aspiring doula, lactation consultant, CBE, midwife asst. :) I plan to start next month. I am in the process of buying books now. I hope to be able to officially join this thread soon. Has anyone been certified through Birth Arts Intl?


Hey Melanie! I am certifying through Birth Arts as both a doula and childbirth educator. I love the assignments, work and reading lists. Good luck!

post #32 of 79

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Question for you Doula Mamas:

 

Did you start attending births before you experienced childbirth for yourself? If so, how has your own birth(s) affected/changed the way you support mothers, now that you are a mother yourself?


I'd had four children before I took my doula training. One way I know it affects the way I practice is that I think about how I remember my births and how I want my clients to feel like they were treated.

 

 

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 I love working with essential oils and bringing my clients an herbal bath afterwards and I am pretty sure that would all be out of my scope of practice as a DONA doula.  Thoughts?  
 

 You may want to consider certifying through an organization that is a better fit with your personal philosophy. Have you looked into Birth Arts or BirthWorks?

post #33 of 79
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Hey Melanie! I am certifying through Birth Arts as both a doula and childbirth educator. I love the assignments, work and reading lists. Good luck!



Good to know. Thanks so much!!!!

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 You may want to consider certifying through an organization that is a better fit with your personal philosophy. Have you looked into Birth Arts or BirthWorks?

 

I just looked into  Birth Arts.... so cool!!  If only I had the money to do ANOTHER doula certification, haha!  All the doulas in my area either are certified through DONA or choose not to get certified.  I have not encountered anyone certified through a different organization, so I guess I didn't even realize there were so many options out there!  So far I have not had one client or potential client even ask me if I was certified or not.  I say that I am DONA trained sometimes, but that isn't even typically asked.  

 

 

I just recently attended a homebirth and the midwife didn't have an assistant and taught me how to make her postpartum herbal ice packs and do some other assistanty things... and pretty sure she kinda made me want to be a CPM!!  NO time for it right now, but maybe someday??  I think I'll work as a doula for a few years, since I'm new to it all right now, and my kids are so young :)

 

 

 

post #35 of 79
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I just looked into  Birth Arts.... so cool!!  If only I had the money to do ANOTHER doula certification, haha!  All the doulas in my area either are certified through DONA or choose not to get certified.  I have not encountered anyone certified through a different organization, so I guess I didn't even realize there were so many options out there!  So far I have not had one client or potential client even ask me if I was certified or not.  I say that I am DONA trained sometimes, but that isn't even typically asked.  

 

 

I just recently attended a homebirth and the midwife didn't have an assistant and taught me how to make her postpartum herbal ice packs and do some other assistanty things... and pretty sure she kinda made me want to be a CPM!!  NO time for it right now, but maybe someday??  I think I'll work as a doula for a few years, since I'm new to it all right now, and my kids are so young :)

 

 

 



I'm like you. There are sooo many things I want to do. Starting with becoming a certified doula. My daughter is still young and we plan to have more children, so I'm taking it slow. It's my 10 year plan, really. I'm working on finding a stable, yet flexible day job so I can fund all these things I want to do. After doula, I'd like to get certified to teach childbirth classes, then down the line probably lactation consultant. As much as I love the birth process, I haven't yet had the desire to be a midwife. Maybe a midwife's assistant one day. I think that level of responsibility is a little to much for me, personally.

 

I also want to take it slow in case this is a passing fancy. I'm known to have those. winky.gif Birth is something I've been interested in since I was an adolescent, but I just decided on becoming a doula several months ago. So, I'll stick with one thing for a while and see how I like it before diving in with more certifications and spending more money.

post #36 of 79

Hi all,

Hopefully I can get into this group from my general log in with MDC.  

I am starting my second year as a labor doula and childbirth educator in SW WA state.  

Homeschooling mother to 5; 3 gone, 2 still teaching at home.

Looks like a good forum so far.  

 

~Mama K doula

post #37 of 79

I am a newer doula.  I took the training in February of last year, but I have only attended 3 births.  We have quite a few very established and well known doulas in our area so I think I am having trouble competing with them.  I wish I knew of a way to get my name out there.

post #38 of 79

I'm a certified doula (via DONA), childbirth educator, and midwife's assistant. I have one toddler and a second child on the way. To answer an above question, I didn't even know what a doula was before I got pregnant the first time, but started down that path immediately after discovering it (before my first was born). 

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post #40 of 79

Hi Doula Mamas! My name is Kristen and I'm from IL. I attended the DONA training workshop 4 years ago. At that time our 3rd child was 8 months old and a few years after that we had another baby. So working on my certification got put on the shelf. I am now back in training with Intuitive Doula. I am getting most of my assignments done, but now I'm getting to the "hands on" portion of certification. I'm a little nervous though because of my inexperience.  

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