Is deciding how to birth your baby more overwhelming to you than having a baby itself? As moms, we are tasked with making so many decisions for our littles, and some of those first decisions start when we are pregnant. It can be overwhelming to know where to begin when trying to make a birth plan, especially as a first-time mom. Today, we are talking about the many birth options that are available to us as moms.
This is part one of a very informative two-part series, where we sit down with two birthing experts Anna Forsberg & Angela Diaz DeLeon from The San Diego Birth Network. What you can expect to hear in this series is information about the different types of birth providers, and what options are really available to you as a mom about to go through delivery. We will break down what a doula is vs midwife, and relay some tips for the challenging postpartum period.
What’s In This Episode:
- How Angela & Anna’s careers transitioned due to motherhood
- Their personal birth experiences
- The mission of the San Diego Birth Network
- What traumatic births are
- How the immediate postpartum care impacts your perspective on traumatic births
- The trauma that a doula or support person can experience
- A doulas role when it comes to making decisions in the birth process
- The difference between midwives versus doula
- Who can hires a doula & whether c-section mamas would hire a doula
- The continuous care that a doula provides
About Anna Forsberg:
After experiencing the birth of my first son and struggling through the postpartum period, I became very passionate about postpartum care. When I started my journey towards becoming a postpartum doula, I found SDBN and felt it drawn to its history and community of wise providers who trust in the normalcy of birth. I began volunteering with SDBN in the summer of 2015 as the board Historian and in April 2016, I began serving as the Vice President. I am dedicated to bringing all my talents and experience to the board, network and community as a whole. I know there is so much more we can do as a society to care for new parents, baby, and families. I am excited to be a part of an organization which focuses on supporting families in a respectful and evidence-based way. I am a native San Diegian, a happy wife and mother of three boys, and the owner of Whole Heart Postpartum providing postpartum doula services and education.
About Angela Diaz DeLeon:
Hello! I am Angela Diaz de Leon. I am your Birth Doula, Placenta Specialist, and Babywearing Educator. I am mama to Maya and Remy and married to Israel. I am a DONA trained Birth Doula and CBWS trained Babywearing Educator. After giving birth to my daughter Maya, I felt so empowered as a woman and new mom, but overwhelmed at the same time. I had lost two pregnancies before she was born, and one after her birth also, which came with it’s own set of emotions as a new mama. Holding this new amazing life in my arms, made me realize the important role in guiding this little one to adulthood. There were so many books, websites, apps, and people giving advice that I felt I had to read everything to then decide what route to take as a parent. As much as I love to research and read about every topic, I found that the loudest voice was my own. It was my instinct as a parent. Even as a new mama, I felt that the relationship between my daughter and I, and eventually my son and I, always felt the most connected, warm, and sincere when I trusted my instincts. My hope is to help families trust their instincts, and feel empowered to bond with their child before, during and after birth.
Connect with :
“We’re all about connecting families with practitioners who believe and practice evidence-based practices and who normalize the birth practice.” – Anna Forsberg
“Depending on how prepared you are, physically and emotionally, it can have a big impact on what your expectation is and how it plays out.” – Angela Diaz DeLeon
“The definition of trauma is unprocessed pain that we store in the body and so sometimes trauma is sneaky.” – Anna Forsberg
“It’s great to have this vision of what your birth is going to be like but also being aware that sometimes the reality is much different.” – Angela Diaz DeLeon
“A doula doesn’t do anything clinical. In the traditional sense, a doula is more of a support person.” – Angela Diaz DeLeon
“Everybody should have a doula.” – Angela Diaz DeLeon
“Another huge role of a doula is to make sure that the partner feels included in as much of the birth process as they want to be and they are also supported.” – Anna Forsberg
“The midwife is more focused on the birth outcome of essentially keeping mom and baby safe and healthy.” – Angela Diaz DeLeon
“A doulas support is continuous.” – Anna Forsberg
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