Maternal Alternatives During COVID-19
Pregnancy is a time of nurturing the mind, body and soul to bring into the world a beautiful new life. Where before one could freely have a partner and support person in the room during labor in the delivery room, mothers are now subjected to literally only have one or no one else other than the hospital team while she is giving birth due to recent events with the ongoing pandemic. These are very serious times and a lot of hospitals have made it quite clear that doulas are also visitors and not essential workers that should be part of the laboring team. According to the Cochrane database, “Continuous support during labor may improve outcomes for women and infants, including increased spontaneous vaginal birth, shorter duration of labor, and decreased cesarean birth, instrumental vaginal birth, use of any analgesia, use of regional analgesia, low five-minute Apgar score and negative feelings about childbirth experiences.”(2017, Bohren et al. ” Continuous support for women during childbirth.” 2017. To add onto the stress that already surrounds pregnancy, weeks of preparation are now down the drain. But fear not for there is hope on the horizon. As a TeleDOULA-ER, a virtual doula whom is an essential representative, mothers no longer have to stress over not having the emotional and informational support as well as the advocacy that they desire any longer. With having a TeleDOULA-ER, you will always have someone with you getting you through this time to bring in your bundle of joy. If there is a will, there is definitely a way and here we have paved that way so your mind can be at ease and someone is always with you. Another alternative can also include moving your birth from the hospital to a home birth or birth center. With proper precautions, you can truly have a safe delivery with your whole team ready to be there for you and baby. What a beautiful sight to see. When all is said and done, never feel like you don't have a choice because you always matter.