Julie Dumas on using the collective...
Triangle Doula Collective
Julie Dumas on using the collective...
Joanne was recommended to us by our childbirth educator, and it turned out to be a great fit for us- both times! It was also very convenient to use the services of her back-up doulas- Michelle for newborn photography, and Julie for placenta encapsulation. We appreciated the “one-stop shopping” for the services that many parents who seek doula care might also be interested in. It was a seamless, satisfying experience. It went so well after our first birth that we used the same team the second time around! Michelle is so talented- we treasure the photos she has taken of both of our boys, as do our families. Working with Julie’s team of placenta encapsulation specialists has also been fabulous, and easy to coordinate pick-up! She and Joanne have great communication skills and worked together to make sure our placenta was handled appropriately, while we focused on meeting our baby. The group is awesome and highly recommended!
Doulas, both birth and postpartum, offer emotional, physical and informational support to women and their families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
The presence of a doula brings a professional into the birthing room. And, she stays there - offering guidance regarding positions for mother’s comfort or to encourage the baby to descend, hands-on comfort through counterpressure, massage, the use of a rebozo, and other techniques, and emotional support through her encouragement and reminders of the normal experiences that come during labor. The presence of a doula allows the laboring woman’s partner to relax and be free to be with her, offering the all-important connection that is unique between the two of them, rather than struggling to remember the right words, techniques and ideas learned during childbirth preparation classes.
Clinical studies show the benefits of working with a birth doula include:
• 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin*
• 28% decrease in the risk of C-section*
•12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*
• 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience*
• 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
• 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
For four of these outcomes,* results with a doula were better than all the other types of continuous support that were studied. For the other outcomes, there was no difference between types of continuous support.
The primary goal of a postpartum doula is to support the family to encourage a smooth transition. Doulas may offer daytime or overnight support as needed. They provide breastfeeding support, make meals, help with newborn care, run errands and most anything else to help a household run easily. The presence of a woman familiar with the needs of newborns is very reassuring to most new parents. The doula does not take over care of your baby nor take on heavy housecleaning chores. The doula is there to help empower the parents during their transition into parenthood.
There is some variation among the packages offered by the doulas in the collective. Once hired, each of us offers unlimited phone and email support, plans a prenatal home visit to review your wishes for the birth and share insights, provides labor support in your home, if desired, and continuous support throughout active labor and birth at your chosen setting. Immediate breastfeeding support is given and at least one follow-up postpartum visit is included as well. We have a couple doulas that offer postpartum doula only to their birth doula clients and a few that offer postpartum doula support to anyone, their clients or others. Just check in with our collective to find the right package for you.
Julie McBurney shares...
Something People Don't Know About Her...
I am a part of a facebook group called "Mug Shots". It is full of pictures of folks drinking coffee, their favorite mug, or favorite coffee house. The posts are a lot of fun to read and look at with your morning cup a joe. Yes, that collage bellow is a group of pictures from perivous Mug Shot posts. Can you guess what the post might have been titled?
A Favorite Childhood Memory...
One of my favorite childhood memories is of my dad reading me 'Frog and Toad' books. He was so expressive as he read and always seem to enjoy their adventures just as much as I did. I loved everytime he read them, he had this way of making them feel brand new. He would ask me each time, "What do you think Frog and Toad will do today?"
A Musician or Band She Has Seen...
I grew up listening to huge diversity of music. I would say it was my father's love of music and dancing that nurtured my love for music. The diversity was infulenced by him and my two older siblings. But when I went to my first concert my love of live music was sparked! I am sure none of them imagined that I would see this band, Phish, 148 times. I have made many "phriends" and actually met my husband's best friend at a show. Although we were introduced later at a Phil and Friends / Bob Dylan concert, it was at all the many Phish concerts after that we got to know each other. They are definely the band I have seen the most, but I have seen a lot of bands and musicans. Pictured below is my hubby and I at nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA waiting for Phish to take the stage.
Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn, and Tomatoes
If you've never cooked with Quinoa, now's the time. It's a super easy food to cook, it's packed with protein, and it goes with almost anything!
I love this fresh, easy to make meal. It's full of protein, fiber, and fresh veggies. Also, all three of my kids with their own unique pallets love it so you know it has to be good!
The great thing about this recipe is its adaptability - dairy free? Leave out the cheese. Jalapenos too intimidating? Use a sweet bell pepper for a different taste. It's infinitely customizable and still delicious! We like to eat it with crunchy tortilla chips. Yum!
Give it a try and tell us what you think. -Johanna
For the recipe visit Simply Recipes!
We are the doulas of the Triangle Doula Collective - a close knit group of women who have a passion for seeing other women and their families well cared for in pregnancy, birth, and beyond.