We are honored to have Ana Paula Markel, ICCE, CD (DONA) on our site to answer any birth related questions this week. Ana Paula Markel is a mother of 4, birth doula, birth doula trainer and childbirth educator. Ana has supported hundreds of families to transition into parenthood. In Ana's view there is no right or wrong way to give birth or parent but there is informed decision and conscious and awareness in choice. Women deserve support and to be heard in their life changing transition into motherhood.
I am currently pregnant with my first baby and my husband and I are planning a home birth. In addition to my midwife and doula is it helpful to have anyone else there to assist? Or are those two attendants and a birth partner typically sufficient to help everyone feel cared for and comfortable? Thank you, Sara
I have a question. I've decided to give birth at a hospital, considering my insurance and financial limitations. I have found an OB, whom I have heard great things of, and who I really feel comfortable with. I am considering a doula because I'd like to labor at home as much as possible. What I want to know is what does this usually mean? Who makes the call as to when mom should go to the hospital? Is this something I have to negotiate with my OB beforehand (like water breaks and no contractions, should I go in?)? Also, I have questions about the role of the doula during labor. My whole concern is around not being informed and wanting to get info as things are suggested/ or about to be done to me by hospital staff. How can a doula help here? I've heard that doulas shouldn't advocate for you but help you have better communication with your provider, but I would like a doula who will step in and give me information, is this beyond the scope of their work or is it dependent on each doula?
I have decided to deliver my baby at a Birthing Center and I am currently trying to decide on a birthing class. Initially I planned to sign up for a 12 week Bradley Method Class...is this the best class or would you recommend something else?