Doula Contact Information - When to Call Your Doula
IN THE DAYTIME – 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.
37 weeks, call or email (YourBodyYourBaby@aol.com) after each prenatal
appointment to update me on your physical and emotional state. If you
have an internal exam please let me know how far dilated you are, how
effaced, and the station of the baby’s head. Call or email me any time
you have questions or concerns.
you are in labor or think you might be in labor, if you lose your mucus
plug or have bloody show, call me right away. Please call me if your
bag of waters releases even if you are not having contractions or if
you’re having contractions that require your full attention and you’re
unable to talk through them!
IN THE NIGHT – 11:00 P.M. - 9:00 A.M.
you’re able to handle the contractions easily, try to slow your labor
by drinking a large glass of water and getting into a warm bath for
about 40 minutes, then try to sleep between contractions. If you can
fall asleep, even between contractions, that is the best thing to do! It
will be your last opportunity to sleep for a long, long time.
only call in the middle of the night to let me know that labor is
starting, if you are feeling scared, or if you feel that something is
urgent! I don’t want you sitting at home worried about something and
feeling like you can’t call.
you are being induced, or feel that you are in labor, please give me a
“heads up call” so that I can arrange childcare in advance. If
it’s the middle of the night, and your contraction have been regular
for an hour, your water has broken or you have a "bloody show", I would
still like for you to call me so that I can start preparing for your
birth. We will discuss signs to look for to know if you are in labor.
CALL FIRST Leave a brief message, wait 5 minutes (816)786-9532 cell phone
CALL SECOND Leave a brief message, wait 5 minutes (816) (number given to clients) home phone
CALL LAST If no response at the above numbers Call backup - number will be provided to you.
WHEN I WILL JOIN YOU
join you at home when your labor begins to get intense and you feel you
need some help. Usually this is when the contractions are about 5
minutes apart, a minute long, and very strong. Although I won’t check
you, most women are about 2-3 cm dilated at that point. Your emotional
state is more important to me than the frequency of the contractions. I
will come when you feel you really need help.
I arrive at your home and you are still in early labor, I may go home
or to my car to rest. You will want me to be well rested and fresh later
on! If, for any reason, you go to the hospital before I have a chance
to join you at home, I will meet you at the hospital. If your labor is
being induced, I may stay with you until you are settled in and then go
home or to my van until active labor contractions begin -- remember, if
your labor is induced, it may be 12 to 24 hours before you have
contractions that are strong enough to require labor support.