Continuity of care is characterized by a continuous caring relationship between a client and health care professional over time. For most people, continuity of care is highly valued because it allows clients to build a relationship of trust and understanding with their care provider.
However, in today’s fast-paced obstetric and nurse midwifery models, continuity of care is often sacrificed in order to provide large-scale services to growing populations. This means that even if you’ve hired a doctor or midwife that you really connect with, that person is rarely present when it comes time to birth your baby.
Instead, you are given whichever doctor or midwife is working at the hospital when you go into labor and most of the time it’s someone you’ve never met before. While this model may be effective at delivering services within a strained healthcare system, it does not always work well for individual women and families looking for a more personalized labor and birth experience.
This is where a doula can fill in the missing link! Having a doula ensures that there is at least one birth professional in the delivery room who you have a strong, comfortable, and trusting relationship with. This relationship is built prenatally so that by the time you go into labor she is well versed in your unique style, hopes, fears, and goals. An independent doula works just for you, which means your priorities are her priorities.
This trusted relationship helps families feel more secure, confident, and respected within the hospital environment and at a time of major transition and intensity. It also assures that there will be a familiar and understanding presence in the postpartum to review your birth story with, support breastfeeding, and provide newborn care information. If continuity of care is something you value or desire as a part of your childbirth experience, please contact me so we can discuss my services and begin the connection.