As I studied stress and how to help alleviate stress in a birthing woman, I came across this concept of where stress comes from. I thought it was a pretty accurate representation of what makes a labor stressful. Women are either wanting something to go away (pain, interventions, someone in the room), wanting something to happen that they are worrying about (VBAC, epidural, no interventions), or not understanding what is going on. A huge part of what a doula does is make sure that women’s choices are honored, provide information, and give women tools to work through their worries and concerns.
Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.
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