It goes without saying: labour is a natural, normal process. A woman’s body instinctively knows how to give birth. The releasing of hormones signals the body to begin labouring, guiding the process to work baby out into the world. It’s a wonderful thing! However, real talk: the fact that labour is natural and normal doesn’t nullify the fact that it does still cause some pain and discomfort. But as we tell our clients: there is “necessary” pain and “unnecessary” pain. These different types of pain might be totally new to you, so allow me to break it down…
This pain is driven by fear and tension. When we are scared or frightened we tense our muscles, this tension restricts oxygen to our muscles causing the sensation of increased pain. In labour, this pattern of fear and tension leads to even more pain and discomfort, and begins what we doulas refer to as the “Fear-Pain-Tension” cycle. When you fear you tense up, and when you tense up you experience increased pain. When you experience increased pain, you fear. So on and so forth…
This is the good kind of pain (yes, there IS a good kind of pain!) Rather than being driven by fear and tension, this pain is simply physiological. It is caused by the uterus contracting, the cervix thinning and opening, and the pressure of the baby’s head dropping downward. This is the body’s way of working a baby out, and a woman has to go through it to bring her baby earthside. This pain is generally manageable with focus, proper breathing, good support from your doula and partner, massage and other hands-on comfort measures.
So, how can you eliminate unnecessary pain in labour? Thankfully, there are a number of ways...
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We are super exited to be featured in this week's Orillia Packet & Times! The article, titled "Doulas Deliver Assistance to Mothers", touches on what a doula is and a little bit about what a doula does.
For more detailed information on what we do, please contact us for a free consultation! You can also join us on March 23 for our free workshop (also mentioned in the article) taking place at the Orillia Public Library. You can register for the event by visiting our home page!
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Welcome to our new blog! To kick things off, we thought we'd introduce ourselves in a little more depth. Thanks for reading!
Sam & Alannah
I have lived in Ontario for about five years, after being born in raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I currently live in Orillia, with my husband Brian, our five year old daughter, Gia, and our one year old son, Waylon.
Like many doulas, my calling to childbirth education and doula care began with the birth of my first child. I had such an amazing, empowering birth experience that I knew I wanted to help other mothers and families have more satisfying births. My goal is to make sure parents-to-be have all the information and tools presented to them to make the best decisions for their own families.
As a doula, I support all mothers in childbirth; whether it is natural, medicated, or a scheduled c-section. I want to help you achieve the birth and postpartum that you hope to have!
Alannah is amazing. It is funny, because before she had even announced she wanted to become a doula, I thought about asking her to be at my son’s birth. She just has this warm, mothering energy about her that is such a calming force. She was made for doula work and I am so glad we have become partners!
So… 5 fun facts about me!
I was born and raised in Orillia and still call it home today! While I’ve lived in other places, there is something very special about Orillia that kept me coming back (now to stay!) The beautiful lakes, great parks and trails, fabulous main street… it’s a great place to call home and raise a family. I feel really blessed to be able to provide doula and placenta encapsulation services to my hometown and it’s surrounding areas!
I have two sons, Roman (2) and Isaiah (1), and have been married for seven wonderful years to my husband, Justin. It was the births of my sons that gave me the passion I needed to pursue birth work.
Sam was actually my doula for my first birth, so I can speak firsthand to how wonderful she is! She was a fantastic support (for both my husband and myself!), and it’s clear she has a true compassion for all the families she works with. Sam is a wealth of knowledge in all things birth-related and is truly an asset to anyone’s birth!
And now… 5 fun fact about me!