Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Sheri Matteo, CNM, Director of Midwifery at Prima Medical Group, who is conducting a survey about maternity care in Marin.
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife working in Marin. I am also a mom of two, living and raising a family in this beautiful county.
For the next 18 months, I have the good fortune of working with the California Health Care Foundation as a Fellow in their Leadership Program. As part of my work with CHCF, I am interested in hearing your thoughts about maternity care, what affects your healthcare decisions, what is working well in maternity care and what is lacking.
Well, doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth and breastfeeding. They know the physiology of birth and the emotional and physical needs of a woman in labor. She works on the basis of keeping birth normal and positive. They provide balanced information so clients can make their own decisions. Doulas do not replace the partner's role in birth but rather add an extra layer of support and guide the partner when they are feeling overwhelmed. She does not leave the laboring woman. Additionally, postpartum (or PP) doulas fill a large gap in our culture, and are able to facilitate a smooth transition to parenthood. PP doulas focus on the needs of the new mother as well as the newborn. She is there to nurture the mother by offering practical assistance as well as emotional support, enabling her to recover faster and feel more confident in meeting the challenges a new baby brings.