Oklahoma City Birth Photographer + Doula | World Doula Week

But...what's a doula?

 

A Doula, also known as a birth companion or post-birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a person before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support.
— Wikipedia

I've had the opportunity to see several doulas in action while photographing births, and I've been lucky enough to mentor under a fabulous doula this year. From my observation, a doula is your best friend through labor and postpartum, and a guaranteed support no matter what your decisions are.

She'll be a constant contact during pregnancy, helping you craft your birth plan and prepare for the labor YOU want.

She'll hold your hair while you puke, and tell you how gorgeous you are after 30 hours of labor - even if you feel like a hot mess.

She'll remind your spouse that everything he's doing is perfect - because he feels completely helpless seeing you do all the hard work. Together they'll give you massages and counter pressure to help manage the pain while you work towards your goal of an unmedicated birth.

She'll keep you hydrated, nourished, and moving - to help get your baby here in a healthy manner.

She'll make sure you and your partner rest - because staying awake for 48 hours is hard on anyone, especially new parents

And when it's all over, she'll cry happy tears with you because after 9 long months you FINALLY FINALLY have your sweet baby in your arms, and it was all worth it.

 

As I venture into my own Doula journey, I hope I can be half the support these women are <3

Pictured: Josiah Hackney, Webster Certified Chiropractor in Emond, OK

Pictured: Josiah Hackney, Webster Certified Chiropractor in Emond, OK

Oklahoma City Birth Photographer | OU Women's Health Center of Edmond | Nathan's Birth Story

When I met Brianna, Alec, and Jackson over cupcakes in late October, Brianna told me when Jackson was born they had just moved to Oklahoma City, didn't know anyone, and didn't have time to find a birth photographer. His birth was a whirlwind, like most are, and she wanted to document Nathan's Birth Day better than Jackson's had been.

Brianna messaged me on the 14th letting me know her doctors visit had shown very little progression and "we may have a Christmas baby" I reassured her that the cervix is a tricky thing,  to relax, and just enjoy the time they have left as a family of three.

22 hours later I get a text from Brianna. "I've had contractions for a couple of hours and tried to take a bath, but they've just gotten stronger"

Just two hours after that... "Pretty sure my water broke, we're heading to the hospital now!"

What did I tell you about the cervix? ;)

Brianna labored for a few hours, and followed her birth plan to a T. (Birth plans don't always work out, so I'm SO SO happy for moms who are able to live out what they've been dreaming of for the past 10 months.) Sweet Nathan was born just after 3am, into a room full of love with his big brother and grandpas waiting patiently in the hallway.