The Alternative Health Show #001 What is a Doula?
The Alternative Health Show #001 (MP3 5 MB 34:00 Min)
In our first show we learn about Doulas! Who they are and why would you want one? We speak with Becks Armstrong, a qualified acupuncturist and Doula. She tells us the ins and outs and how pregancy and child birth can benefit with the help of a Doula
0:18 Becks, what’s a Doula?
0:24 A Doula is a support person for labour
0:34 Helps naturalise a very unfamiliar situation
0:46 What’s the difference between a Doula and a mid-wife or obstetrician?
0:49 A Doula is a non medical support person
1:21 (Ignorant male) How does this differ say from a woman with her mother there?
3:12 Are you there the whole time during the labour?
3:39 As soon as they need me or as soon as I can hear in their voice they aren’t coping well, I’m there for every single breath!
4:05 What’s the longest labour you’ve been involved with?
4:12 25 hrs in the company of the woman!!!
4:44 Becks specialises in acupuncture, Women’s Health, pregnancy and child birth
5:19 Are there birth junkies???
6:04 Midwives are under staffed which is why Doula’s are becoming more popular
6:10 Doulas are employed privately
6:29 One midwife can service 3 women in labour
6:36 The benefit of having a Doula is the continuity of care
7:56 Becks “You’re not there to do the midwife’s job, you’re the just to support”
9:36 What’s the worst thing that you’ve heard?
9:47 The father that said “its absolutely fashionable to have a Cesarean, I have to go back to work”
11:07 Drugs and birth?
14:48 What about acupuncture as a pain base treatment?
18:26 What made you choose this as a career?
19:29 Are these clients from your private acupuncture practice or do they call you on the day of the birth?
23:27 How do you charge? Hourly? Call out rate?
30:56 How do you find a Doula? Beck’s webpage