The Alternative Health Show #001 (MP3 5 MB 34:00 Min)

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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?
11:27 Pethadine

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?

22:18 Dial’a’Doula

23:27 How do you charge? Hourly? Call out rate?

30:56 How do you find a Doula? Beck’s webpage