Today we are so excited to have our very own Salt Lake County photographer, Rowan Steiner, guest posting for us on the blog! She's a mama and boss babe entreprenuer that I know you'll love. Without further ado, here's Rowan!
I am Rowan Steiner, a Utah birth and newborn photographer. If you’ve never seen birth photography before, I urge you to look into it! It’s really a beautiful type of session that’s becoming more and more popular in the birthing world.
Unlike most birth workers (like doulas or midwives), I try to work like a fly on the wall and capture the beautiful moments during one of the most important and wonderful days of your life.
But I do have to admit, I am extremely grateful to have other birth workers in the room.
In my opinion, a doula can help a laboring mother in countless ways - in ways a husband, friend or doctor may not know how. Here are a few reasons I think doulas are an important aspect of your birth plan:
1. They stay with you through the long haul
You’ll first meet your doula a few months before your due date. During this time, your doula will be there to answer any and every question you may have regarding the process. They’ll help you create a birth plan and reassure you with any fear you may have. Although they don’t provide medical care, they’re very knowledgeable in pregnancy, labor and delivery and will help you prepare in a way that’s best for you and your family.
Doulas are trained to perform pain relief techniques that can ease the pain of labor and delivery and will encourage your partner to help keep you relaxed and encouraged through the duration of your labor.
3. A doula will help you advocate for yourself
Your doula will help you be your own advocate. They will know your birth plan and will help you communicate your needs to your providers. It’s a doulas main goal to help you have a positive and SAFE birth and they will help you transition into motherhood as seamlessly as possible.
Any birth worker will agree that having a positive birth experience is top priority for this very special day in your life. As the fly on the wall who captures these moments, these are the most important aspects of having a positive birth!