When to call your doula

When to call your doula

“When should I call?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I get as a doula. Typically, this question is asked around the timing of labor and when to take action. Here are a few scenarios you might find yourself in with a

During Daytime Hours (8:00AM – 10:00PM)

Before 38 weeks I’m most reachable by email or text but please call in the case of any emergency. After 38 weeks we like to keep in close contact. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Please text or e-mail after each prenatal appointment to update me on your physical and emotional state.

If you think you are in labor, or are experiencing contractions call as soon as you can. If you believe you are in labor but are not ready for me to come yet, we will want to keep in touch about every 4 hours to see how things are progressing and to offer suggestions. And if you are experiencing an emergency, please call your  healthcare provider first and then inform me about any updates afterwards.

During the Night (10:00PM – 8:00AM) 

If you are able to handle the contractions easily, do your best to try and sleep or rest through them or between them if possible. This can be very helpful as you may not get the chance to rest until after the arrival of baby.

Please only call in the middle of the night when you are ready for me to come, are feeling anxious, or if you feel like something is urgent. If you are worried about anything at all, don’t hesitate to call. Though if the call is for non-urgent matters, it may be more useful for your doula to have a well-rested and uninterrupted sleep in order to better accompany you to your birth in the following day. Again, if you are experiencing an emergency, please call your  healthcare provider first and then inform me about any updates afterwards.

When I will join you

Laboring at home is a great way to begin your labor and delivery journey. When you are sure that you are in labor, please call me with any questions, concerns, or general phone support. I typically join clients when they feel like labor is picking up and are in active labor. This is when contractions have been 4-5 minutes apart, lasting about a minute and have been this way for about an hour (also referred to as the 5-1-1 or 4-1-1 rule). However, sometimes the timing of contractions may not be a great indicator of when YOU feel that you need extra support and would like me there so feel free to let me know when that is the case. Depending on your needs, I will join in your home or in birthing location.

While this doesn’t encompass every situation, it gives a good outline to the typical situations you’ll encounter and wonder if you should text or call! During prenatal we will discuss all of this and we can make specific arrangements then if necessary.

If you are unsure if you should get in contact, just send me a text! I am always interested in any updates or changes in your pregnancy!

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