On March 16, [Katja] Schtock finally delivered a healthy baby. But she thinks the birth experience and the outcome wouldn’t have been as good without her doula. She recalled how her doula gave moral support, and affirmed her decision to not receive a vaginal exam too soon. Since it took so long for Schtock to go into labor, a vaginal exam could have caused an infection.
“When I was in the process of labor and couldn’t problem solve, my doula was there to advocate for me and support me through decisions,” Schtock said of her doula Emily Cohen-Moreira.
The extra support and advice from a doula allowed Schtock to be in control of her birthing experience, but Schtock is among a small number of women who take advantage of this service.”
– “Doulas: What They Do and Don’t Do” Epoch Times January 2016
Even when their births don’t go exactly according to plan, the women I work with as a doula and Childbirth Educator are consistently happier about their birth experiences when they feel respected and supported by their birth team. Those of us who surround women in birth should remember that birth doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The way we treat and respect women in pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood affects both mothers and their families in the long term. Trauma around birth overwhelmingly stems from how women are treated, not how the birth actually goes. Perhaps if we stopped thinking of maternity care as merely a ‘women’s issue’ and more as a foundation for healthy families, we might treat pregnancy and birth care with the gravity they demand.”
– “Women Open Up About Negative Birth Experiences In Emotional Photo Series” HuffPost Parents September 2015
Throughout your pregnancy, many people close to you — your partner, of course, but also your mom, sister, best friend, mother-in-law, third cousin, downstairs neighbor, officemate and hairdresser — have tried to reserve a spot in the delivery room. However, childbirth is not exactly a spectator sport, and space constraints alone demand a shorter guest list.
Mothers-to-be should carefully consider the composition and size of their labor support team well before the expected due date, says Emily Cohen-Moreira, a childbirth educator who is also a doula and certified lactation counselor. “Labor is a time when we really turn inwards and can feel quite vulnerable,” she explains. “You want people in the room who you can feel very comfortable in front of. You don’t want to have to edit yourself.”
– “Pregnancy Questions: Who should be in the delivery room?” Discovery Health December 2013
In your final months of pregnancy, don’t forget about breastfeeding when you study up on childbirth and infant care. If your regular classes don’t cover nursing, sign up for an additional course, seminar or private session.
“Postpartum breastfeeding support is always helpful,” says Emily Cohen-Moreira, a certified lactation counselor who also teaches childbirth classes and serves as a labor support doula. “But if you can begin to understand the fundamentals of breastfeeding before your baby’s birth, you’re in a better position to succeed from day one.”
– “Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips” Discovery Health, December 2013
The ACA requires insurers to cover obesity screening, counseling and referrals. And at the state exchanges, the obese are entitled to intensive behavioral counseling and at least one prescription drug for obesity treatment.
Pregnant moms in Tricare may be dismayed to find that the ACA requires insurers to pay the full cost of breast pumps, but Tricare does not. It pays only for efficient electric breast pumps in hospitals and under certain circumstances for premature infants.
“I’m just shocked,” said Emily Cohen-Moreira, a New York City-based childbirth educator and lactation consultant. “Pretty much all of my students — those with private insurance and those on Medicaid — are covered now because of the Affordable Care Act. But not my military client.”
– “Affordable Care Act: No impact on Tricare, but some coverage isn’t equal” Military Times September 2013