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Home Delivery: More moms trying new birthing techniques

Kimberly works with the mother during labor, and once the time arrives, the midwife is there to help with the delivery. She says Doulas use breathing and relaxation techniques. Source: WLBT Kimberly works with the mother during labor, and once the time arrives, the midwife is there to help with the delivery. She says Doulas use breathing and relaxation techniques. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

For expectant moms, it's an amazing time. You're bringing new life into the world.

But the process of birthing that precious bundle can be stressful and frightening. So many are now turning to Doulas for support.

Kimberly is the owner of Belly Button Blessings.  As a Doula, she has attended more than 300 births.

“The Doula works for you, not the hospital. So in other words the Doula is by your side. She is your voice. She knows exactly what you want. If you choose to have an epidural or choose not to, she's gonna be your voice and she's going relay those messages for you.”

Most of her births are at the hospital, but she does many in the home of the expectant mother. Her job as a Doula focuses on mom...from the waist up.

She says, “The doctor does their job. I'm not there to catch the baby. I'm there to get the mom calm and relaxed until its time to deliver the baby. I'm coaching the momma.”

In the case of a home birth, a midwife, who has extensive medical training, would handle the actual delivery. Kimberly is there for support and guidance for the mother.

In a home birth setting, a room in the expectant mother’s home is sterilized.

Kimberly works with the mother during labor, and once the time arrives, the midwife is there to help with the delivery. She says Doulas use breathing and relaxation techniques.

She also uses a birthing ball and massage techniques to help moms in labor focus on their mission - a healthy delivery.

“I tell my moms, we do not use the word pain in the delivery room. That word don't come across our mouth. We call it pressure or a wave. And with each intense wave we think about the flower opening.”

Doulas are growing in popularity in the metro area, however we had a hard time finding a midwife who actually works in the metro. We found several who work in North Mississippi and even more who work in South Mississippi.

Kimberly tells us, when a home birth is planned, AMR or an ambulance is on standby, in case of a medical emergency. It’s rarely needed, but Kimberly says it’s a good precautionary measure.

She says, giving birth is a beautiful journey, and whether its done in a home setting or a hospital setting, many women would benefit from the assistance of a Doula.

“Every woman would want a Doula, if you haven't birthed with a Doula. If you birth with one, you will not want to give birth again without a Doula." 

Any woman who has given birth is eligible to become a Doula. The training course lasts one day.

After the prospective Doula passes a written test, she is a certified Doula. Her next step is to attend as many births as she can, to get her numbers up.

The more births a Doula has assisted in, the more she can charge. Most Doula pricing starts at around $400. That includes the time she spends with a mother preparing for labor, during labor, post delivery, and a healthy mom/baby checkup.

Expectant moms who are planning to deliver in July can actually utlitze the services of a Doula for free.

Just contact Kimberly via Facebook for more information. 

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