¿Qué tipos de doulas existen?

¿Qué tipos de doulas existen?

El propósito de una doula es ayudar a las madres y las familias a prepararse para el bebé durante el embarazo, el parto y después del parto, por ello, a pesar de que en España no sean muy conocidas, existen diversos tipos de doulas que especializadas en las diferentes circunstancias de las familias.

Es verdad que en muchas ocasiones una misma professional puede acompañarte en diversas estapas y que rara vez una familia elige diversas doulas para cada etapa pero está bien saber que existen diversas opciones.

Por ejemplo, yo suelo acompañar a las familias en diversas etapas y diversos momentos, es decir, que me convierto en la doula que necesitan en cada etapa o en alguna en particular, dependiendo de las necesidades de la familia.

DOULA DE PARTO

Es una voz de confianza en el proceso de parto para la madre. Proporciona asistencia física y ofrece confort emocional a la familia, contestando las preguntas de mamá y papá sobre el nacimiento.

DOULA ANTENTAL

Las doulas antentales cuidan de la madre y la familia ofreciendo información y cuidados cuando la mama todavía está embarazada. Tienen dos funciones:

  1. En caso de embarazos normales

Ofrece clases de preparto, lactancia o de cuidados del bebé, ya sean en grupo o de forma privada.

  1. En caso de embarazos de riesgo

Las doulas anteparto ayudan a la madre a sobrellevar el estrés adicional de un embarzo de riesgo y del reposo que seguramente se le prescribirá. Podrá brindar apoyo emocional, apoyo físico y ayudar a responder cualquier pregunta.

DOULA POSTPARTO

La doula posparto apoya y alienta a la familia en los primeros días del bebé. Puede ayudar también con la lactancia maternal, las noches de insomio o el dolor del postparto.

DOULA DUELO PERINATAL

Cuando existe una pérdida perinatal una doula ofrece apoyo emocional y psicológico a la madre y al resto de la familia para pasar esa etapa de dolor y pérdida.

What will you feel when you get pregnant?

What will you feel when you get pregnant?

 

You may already know that you’re pregnant, otherwise there are signs to look out for. The first sign of pregnancy tends to be missing a period, probably around two weeks after you’ve conceived.

 

There’s very little research on this topic, and early symptoms of pregnancy are different for everyone. Some women feel the first twinges of pregnancy a week or two after conceiving, while others don’t feel any different for a few months.

 

Beside missing first sign of pregnancy. You may have some other physical signs as well. These include mild cramping and a little bleeding when the fertilized egg implants itself in your uterus.

 

Feeling very tired is another common symptom of early pregnancy. Your body is working hard to adjust to all the new physical changes. This can cause extreme fatigue. You may need to sleep longer than usual at night. Whenever possible, take short naps during the day. Your energy will most likely return in the second trimester of pregnancy.

 

Morning sickness consists of nausea and vomiting. It is caused by pregnancy hormones. Many pregnant women have it to some degree in their first trimester. Regardless of its name morning sickness can occur at any time of day. Certain foods or smells might trigger queasiness or sickness. Some women seem to feel sicker on an empty stomach. Morning sickness usually goes away by the second trimester.

 

Most women notice changes in their breasts early in pregnancy. The hormones in your body change to prepare for breastfeeding. As this occurs, your breasts may feel tender and swollen. You might notice small bumps forming in the area around your nipples. Your breasts will continue to grow and change throughout your pregnancy. They may feel even bigger and fuller later on.

 

Preguntas frecuentes de una embarazada

Preguntas frecuentes de una embarazada II

¿Tengo que cambiar mi alimentación?

Depende de los hábitos alimenticios que tengas. El objetivo es que ni a ti ni a tu bebé os falte ni os sobre ningún nutriente, que el aumento de peso sea el correcto en cada trimestre y prevenir enfermedades como la toxoplasmosis o la listeriosis. La dieta mediterránea es la ideal.

¿Tengo que tomar vitaminas en el embarazo?

Además de una dieta sana y equilibrada, todas las embarazadas necesitan un suplemento de ácido fólico y de yodo durante toda la gestación. Lo ideal es comenzar tres meses antes del embarazo y continuar después del parto dependiendo del tipo de lactancia que hayas elegido para tu bebé.

¿Cuándo voy a notar a mi bebé?

Si es tu primer embarazo, empezarás a sentir como se mueve tu bebé sobre la semana 20-22 de gestación. En los embarazos posteriores se suelen notar sus movimientos antes, sobre la semana 18-20 aproximadamente. Al principio puede que no sea todos los días, pero según vaya avanzando la gestación los movimientos serán más evidentes. En cualquier caso, no te agobies si otra embarazada de las mismas semanas nota a su bebé y tú no. Cada embarazo y cada bebé son distintos.

¿Cuándo debo ir a urgencias?

Además de las consultas programadas con tu ginecólogo, debes acudir al hospital:

- Si tienes pérdida de sangre y/o líquido por la vagina.

- Si comienzas con dolor abdominal intenso que va aumentando progresivamente.

- Si notas contracciones uterinas regulares antes de la semana 37 de gestación.

- Si has tenido un golpe o caída sobre tu abdomen aunque te encuentres en perfecto estado.

- Si tienes fiebre elevada.

- En caso de molestias urinarias

- Si tienes dolor de cabeza intenso.

- Si dejas de notar los movimientos de tú bebé a partir del quinto mes.

- En caso de vómitos o diarreas intensas.

¿Cuánto peso es recomendable aumentar durante el embarazo?

Entre nueve y doce kilos es la medida que se maneja como aumento de peso máximo durante el embarazo. Es el aumento de peso para evitar enfermedades como la diabetes gestacional, la obesidad y la hipertensión durante el embarazo.

¿Una mujer embarazada debe vacunarse?

Sí, pues algunas enfermedades pueden afectar seriamente la salud de una mujer y su hijo, y, por eso, es mejor vacunarse contra ellas. Consulta con tu médico cuáles son las vacunas que puedes ponerte y cuáles no, y en qué momento del embarazo es seguro ponértelas.

Safe flying while pregnant

Safe flying while pregnant

If you are enjoying a healthy pregnancy, plane travel is likely to be safe.

The second trimester is probably the best time to fly. You’re likely to be over morning sickness. Later on, your expanding belly could make airport maneuvers more challenging.

Before booking, however, visit your doctor and describe the trip details. If your doctor clears you for flying, take some precautions before and during your flight to stay safe and healthy.

Check Policies: Air Carriers, Insurance Carriers

Airlines discourage travel after 36 weeks. Contact your carrier and ask about their policy for pregnant travelers. Ask if you will need a note from your doctor verifying your due date.

Check your health insurance plan, too. What happens if you need medical help or you deliver at your destination? Are you covered?

If you are traveling out of the country, see if you need a supplemental policy for coverage overseas. Consider buying medical evacuation insurance so you can be flown home for medical care, if necessary.

Get Cleared for Takeoff

A few weeks before your trip (or a few months, if you are traveling internationally), visit your doctor. It’s especially important to get cleared for takeoff if you have a chronic medical problem such as problems with breathing.

Ask about:

- Decompression stockings. Ask if you should wear them. No, they’re not fashionable. But they may help blood flow.

- Nausea remedies. If you’re prone to motion sickness, ask about a nausea remedy or acupressure bands. Little scientific evidence supports these bands. But some people find them helpful.

- Gas and diarrhea remedies. The increase in altitude on flights can cause intestinal gas to expand and cause discomfort. Avoid gassy foods before your flight. International travel may expose you to bacteria that can lead to diarrhea. Ask about a diarrhea remedy.

- Prenatal care. Depending upon the length of the trip, decide if you need to get some prenatal care at your destination. If so, figure out who will supply it.

- Destination medical care. Ask for suggestions about names of doctors and hospitals at your destination, just in case. Your doctor may know a colleague there or be able to make recommendations.

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Birth Doula in Barcelona: what can i do for you?

Hiring a doula helps ensure that your birthing experience will be personal and intimate. When both you and your partner are supported by a doula, you both experience less stress and have more energy for emotional connection. But… What can a Doula can do for you during birth

Less Stress for your partner = more energy for emotional connection and intimacy

Birth is unpredictable, and often stressful. Your partner loves you more, and knows you better, than anyone else on your support team. They care for you and this new life you are about to bring into the world, and they may be nervous about the sounds and smells and uncertainties of birth. Simply entering the hospital can bring up a lot of negative feelings, as it is a place we generally associate with pain and sickness. And if they are your sole support person, they may be worried about how they will perform. All of this creates stress and tension for your partner, and decreases their ability to be emotionally present.

Your doula knows birth, and both you and your partner know your doula and trust her.

During your prenatal doula visits, you have both told her about your hopes for this birth, and shared with her your fears and worries. Your doula is also familiar with your birth setting, whether that may be a hospital, birth center, or your home. Having a doula means knowing that your partner doesn’t have to shoulder all the weight on their own. As we all know, when a person is well-supported, they are able to relax and enjoy the experience. Your partner can look to the doula for reassurance when they are worried. Having this support means that your partner will experience less stress and tension, and will therefore relax and be more emotionally present for you. This results in a more intimate birthing experience for you both. And more intimacy means more oxytocin, which means less pain and more progress in the birth process!

Your doula teaches your partner to help you with the pain so that you can work together throughout the birthing experience.

During prenatal visits, we will demonstrate and teach you and your partner many techniques for easing labor pains. We will practice these techniques so that your partner feels confident in their ability to help you. During the early stages of labor, your partner will be able to apply counter pressure to help ease the pain of your contractions. The longer you are feeling comfortable and staying on top of the pain, the less likely you will be to rush off to the hospital too early. This means that you may actually spend more time alone together during early labor. This increases your personal, emotional, intimate experience of laboring together…and once well established, it will be easier to continue once you are at the hospital.

Once at the hospital, your doula sets the scene for you to have a more personal experience.

Your doula knows the hospital and its staff. While the nurses are getting you admitted and adhering to hospital protocol, your doula will help you and your partner settle into the room. She may adjust lighting, set up aromatherapy, show you where to store your belongings, help you to change, acquire a birth ball for you, draw a bath…whatever is needed. By helping you and your partner to settle in more quickly and smoothly, your doula helps you to keep your labor moving smoothly. Limiting discomfort and creating an atmosphere where you are both relaxed and cared-for helps to keep you feeling good. When you feel good, your body produces oxytocin, and that keeps labor progressing. It also keeps you in an emotional and intimate frame of mind. While your doula is helping you both to settle in, your partner is able to focus all their attention on you. They are less distracted because they don’t have to worry about every little thing, and they trust that the doula will take care of you both.

Are you thinking to have a doula!? Contact me: info@doulabarcelona.com

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How to Choose a Birth Doula!

If you are thinking to hire a Doula in Barcelona but you have a lot of doubts… Maybe I can help you!

Start with thinking about what you want from your doula.

Reassurance? Physical support and comfort during labor? Specialized expertise in attending twin births or vaginal birth after cesarean? Knowing what you want is the first step to making sure you get it! Likewise, a good doula finds out what you want and works toward that, instead of offering a “one size fits all” service.

Get recommendations.

Start by asking your care provider if she can recommend any labor support professionals she enjoys working with. If your OB hasn’t worked with a doula before, talking about why you want to hire one can help start a discussion of the type of birth you hope to have. Many care providers welcome the extra support a doula can provide.

When you meet with a doula, have a list of questions to ask her.

Try to think of questions that will give you an insight into how she supports women such as asking her what she enjoys most about her work and what she finds most challenging.

The most important step in hiring a doula is the interview. You can invite a potential candidate to your house or meet her in a public space, but consider it your opportunity to learn as much as you can about her. Ask her why she became a doula, how many pre- and postnatal home visits are included in the service (two or three visits is standard), and about the fee. Discuss medications during delivery, breastfeeding, and the type of care provider you plan to use for your birth. Most important, you should make sure that you feel comfortable with your doula, as you’ll be with her through one of the most stressful–and amazing–times in your life.

And if you are looking for a Doula in Barcelona, don’t hesitase to contact me! I would be glad to help you!

Contact details

34 687 98 69 13
info@doulabarcelona.com

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What are Doulas?

You might have seen the word ‘doula’ pop up in pregnancy magazines or on parenting websites, and of course in this website… Maybe you have wondered what it is they actually do or who they are. Well, a doula is is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.

What does a doula do?

Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this period, they develop a relationship in which the mother feels free to ask questions, express her fears and concerns, and take an active role in helping to create a birth plan. Doulas are not medical professionals. They don’t deliver babies or provide medical care.

Most doulas make themselves available to the mother by phone in order to respond to her questions or address any concerns that might arise during the course of the pregnancy. Doulas do not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery.

Having a doula present can:

  • shorten first-time labour by an average of two hours,
  • decrease the chance of C-section section by 50% and
  • decrease the need for pain medication.

The role of the doula in early breastfeeding support can also help women reach their goals of a satisfying and successful transition to motherhood. And yet, many doulas may not be aware of new and important research into risk assessment for mothers and babies for whom early breastfeeding does not go smoothly.

 

What do I do as doula?

I help you to experience a childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. I give the information you need to have in every stage and also help to cope with birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfull, if you want!

If you are looking for a doula in Barcelona, please contact me

+34 687 98 69 13
info@doulabarcelona.com

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Antental Classes in English Barcelona – January

Prepare yourself for a positive birth experience! New group: Antenatal Clases in English in Barcelona!

Through the course “Parto y Movimiento” you will improveyourskills and confidence, experimenting a wide variety of positions and movements that combined with the breathing will be your allies in your birth.

The aim of the course is for you to experience your childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. You will get tricks to help you to cope with every stage of birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfully.

In January 2018 we start a new group in Barcelona

Mondays at 19:15h (29th of January and 5th, 12th, 19 th, 26 th of February) inCoBaby

Carrer Sepúlveda 65, bajos 4º Metro Rocafort (L1) or Sant Antoni (L2)

Theoretical + Practical exercises 170 €

For further information contact me at info@doulabarcelona.org // 687.98.69.13

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El Hospital de Martorell dispondrá de una “casa de partos”

El Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu de Martorell crea las primeras habitaciones para parir como en casa en la sanidad pública.

La casa de partos del hospital de Martorell estará compuesta por un par de habitaciones con luz natural y lejos de la zona de partos del hospital:

  • Una tendrá bañera y silla para el parto, una cama grande donde descansar acompañada si se quiere, espacio amplio para deambular, hacer ejercicios con la pelota o dilatar dentro del agua.
  • La otra habitación es el espacio posparto, donde pasarán madre y bebé las siguientes 6 horas, donde descansar antes de irse a casa sin haber notado que se estaba en el hospital.

Con la madre habrá siempre una comadrona –la madre tendrá siempre a la misma profesional con ella– que controlará el bienestar fetal.

Las mujeres que podrían ser atendidas en una casa de partos son las que llevan un embarazo de bajo riesgo. Estarían excluidas quienes han tenido antes una cesárea, por ejemplo. Pero, además, si se rompe la bolsa o hay cualquier signo de sufrimiento fetal, está establecido cómo pasar a la zona hospitalaria. Los protocolos y los profesionales son los mismos.

Se espera que estén disponibles a finales de 2017.

La iniciativa pionera en Catalunya se prepara en paralelo en el hospital de Sant Pau y el de Igualada, y siguen tres grandes centros del ICS: Vall d’Hebron, Joan XXIII y Can Ruti.

El objetivo es que toda mujer que quiera pueda dar a luz con la mínima intervención clínica, en un espacio amable pero seguro en los próximos años.

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EL BANCO DE LECHE MATERNA ALERTA DE LA GRAVE ESCASEZ DE DONANTES

Hace casi un año publicaba el post “Donar leche materna” donde explicaba los pasos para ser donante de leche y a quién se ayudaba con esta leche. http://vickydoula.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/donar-leche-materna/

Hoy escribo porque a pesar de que el Banc de Llet Materna de Catalunya (BLMC) funciona desde el 2011 sigue siendo desconocido entre las mujeres que podrían ser donantes y además todavía se prevé recibir en todo el 2013 sólo la mitad de la cantidad que sería óptima.

¿Óptima para qué? Pues para alimentar a los 9000 bebés que nacieron muy prematuramente en Cataluña en el 2012, eso es, antes de la semana 32 y pesando menos de 1,5 kilos.

La leche recogida en el BLMC es tratada como un medicamento y es que a muchos de estos bebés la leche humana les salva la vida. Cuando son tan prematuros sus órganos vitales son muy inmaduros, en especial intestinos y pulmones, y su sistema inmunitario es muy débil.

La leche materna contiene proteínas homólogas a las humanas e inmunoglobulinas de defensa contra infecciones, y nada de esto está en las leches de fórmula que se venden en las farmacias, que siempre proceden de la vaca, indica Francesc Botet, responsable de Neonatología en la Maternitat del Hospital Clínic.

Para poder amamantar a los bebés prematuros, la madre se debe estimular con algún elemento estimulador, muchas obtienen leche sin dificultad, pero no todas. Y es que el no tener a tu bebé contigo, el estrés, y otros factores dificultan la producción de leche materna.

El BLMC atiende la demanda de 12 unidades de neonatología a las que suministra esa producción. Actualmente está recibiendo entre 60 y 100 litros de leche donada al mes, pero necesitaría 200 para evitar momentos de escasez.

Pero lo ideal sería que se pudiera continuar suministrando leche materna más allá de la semana 34 de lo que hubiera sido su gestación intrauterina y que otros bebés que no están enfermos pero que su madre sí, pudieran optar también a recibir este oro blanco que nos ofrece el cuerpo humano.

Por todo ello, os animo a donar lo que podáis, por poco que sea, ¡¡sumar cuenta!!

http://www.bancsang.net/es/donants/passos-ser-donant.html