Labor is called ‘labor’ because is it precisely that. It is the hardest work you will ever do- even if you’re planning on having medicinal pain management.
Doulas are evidence-based professionals who provide emotional, physical, and mental support to a woman in labor or postpartum.
Midwives and obstetricians are present at births to oversee the health of both mom and baby but, in the hospital setting, neither typically provide hands-on care other than the actual delivery. This is where a Doula comes in.
Research shows that NOT hiring a Doula:
- increases the length of your labor
- increases discomfort during labor
- significantly increases your chances of having a C-section
Most women begin working with their Doula during pregnancy. Their Doula will likely have personal experience working within the hospital and with the physician, whose care mom is under. Because of their help with pain management, their explanation of medical procedures, and their being your biggest advocate, hiring a labor Doula is something most moms consider their best birthing decision.
Doulas are trained to not overstep the medical boundaries of the physician or the emotional boundaries you may have with your partner or other support person(s). Doulas are fully capable of being your most active support person in labor if that is your wish.
A Doula, which literally translates to ‘woman’s servant,’ is not a medical professional. While she will likely have a complete understanding of the medical procedures and actions surrounding you, she will be acting as a support person, not a medical assistant.
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Long Island Breastfeeding provides a wide range of professional services including Lactation Services, Pregnancy Support, Labor Support, Post-Partum Support, Placenta Services, as well as Legal and Expert Witness Services. For more information about a particular service that you are interested in, please click the corresponding link to the left of this page.
Our professionals provide prenatal and post-partum consultations, to both new parents and experienced ones. Long Island Breastfeeding’s professionals work on a flexible schedule, seeing patients everyday between 8AM-8PM. Appointments can be scheduled at a provider’s home office, at the patient’s home or office, or another mutually convenient location (click here to view a full list of areas we serve).”
WHY IS THERE SUCH HIGH-DEMAND TO WORK WITH A LONG ISLAND BREASTFEEDING PROFESSIONAL?
Because Long Island Breastfeeding does not believe in ‘one-size fits all’ care and everything we do is evidence-based and individualized, our clients feel they have every tool available to them (which they do!) combined with the highest level of support and the least amount of judgment.
Our approach considers your specific situation and resources, and combines that with evidence-based care. We then incorporate YOUR family’s particular needs and wants, ultimately meeting YOUR definition of success.
BREASTFEEDING HELP DURING PREGNANCY?!
YUP! Even though breastfeeding is natural, it does not always mean it’s easy. Hospitals and pediatricians are not always certified in lactation- many mothers are surprised to learn that their doctors, while supportive of breastfeeding, do not know how to be supportive of Breastfeeding Management. Taking a breastfeeding course while pregnant and aligning your support system before baby arrives can make all the difference!
WHEN SHOULD I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
It depends on the service, but the sooner the better! Long Island Breastfeeding sees women at any gestation or any time after delivery.