Top 3 differences between a Birth Coach and a Midwife/Doula.

There is a lot of support out there for new mums and dads and it’s about knowing exactly who to contact in order to feel satisfied with the support you get. To help you find out whether you’re asking the right people for the right support here are the top 3 differences between a Birth Coach and a Midwife/Doula.

1.  A Birth Coach isn’t just for the birth!

Don’t be fooled by the name. A Birth Coach is there to mentally and emotionally support a woman when she is on any part of her birth journey. This includes support with fertility issues, pregnancy, miscarriage or stillbirth, the actual birth (and first cuddle!) and postpartum care. Midwives and Doula’s are trained professionals who offer amazing care to women in labour and postpartum. The length of care offer by a Birth Coach is much longer than that of a Midwife or Doula.

2.  Birth coaching is based around you.

Midwifery and Doulas have specialised medical training on what to do when physical symptoms happen during pregnancy and labour. They know how to physically care for all mums and babies in labour. Birth coaching is personalised rather than specialised. It means that each client has their own personal goals and outcomes for their birth and it’s the job of the Birth Coach to help them realise those goals. Birth Coaches provide support and care for your emotional and mental health during childbirth.

3.  A Birth Coach may or may not be there for the birth.

That’s up to you. The role of a Birth Coach is to help build confidence and clarity in their clients. This means that when the time comes to have a baby, the expectant parents will confidently ask for what they want and are able to deal with the expected nature of birth. These clients know that even when things don’t go exactly according to plan they have the coping strategies to thrive and enjoy their birth journey. Birth Coaches are used to working along side Midwives and Doulas in a range of birth settings (hospitals, birth centres and home births). Birth Coaches are there to support the client and their decisions, first and foremost.

Email us at thefirstcuddle@yahoo.com to find out more about Birth Coaching and to book a FREE 10 minute introductory chat.

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