Victoria Wilson CD(DONA) Central Kentucky Birth Doula
Like you, I am a mother. And it was during the mothering of my first child I discovered how vital support is. During my first pregnancy I drank the birth junkie Kool-Aid and haven’t looked back.
I am a DONA International certified birth doula and have been attending births since 2016. (You can read more about my experience, and hear what my past clients have to say, on DoulaMatch.net.)
In our culture, birth is largely misunderstood and feared. As a doula and childbirth educator, my job is to demystify pregnancy and birth so that women might have a working knowledge of this beautiful process, and tools to navigate its ins and outs with confidence. My goal is for every client to be comfortable and empowered during their own birthing experiences.
I am married to an incredibly supportive husband and mom to three spunky daughters. Professionally, I am interested in seeing maternity care options improve our community, and have been involved in the movement to license certified professional midwives and, recently, bring birth centers to Kentucky. I believe it the power of fostering relationships to positively impact the birth care team. I recently joined the staff of Evidence Based Birth®, and am an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. I attended Spinning Babies® training in the Summer of 2019 to further my skill set. You can find me enjoying homemade lattes and attempting DIY projects in my Berea home.
What is a doula?
Doula is a Greek word that means “a woman who serves.” Today, doulas are trained non-medical professionals offering continuous support to moms during the entire childbirth experience. To learn more about the present role of doulas and the research behind why they are so effective, click here!
How will a doula help me?
Doulas empower mothers to fulfill their individual desires for birth. A doula’s ultimate goal is to help moms experience a positive and safe birth through information and support. During labor, doulas provide physical comfort to mothers by way of pain relief techniques and suggestions to make labor easier. Doulas also provide emotional reassurance to mothers and their birth team. Even if you plan on having a family member or friend present at birth, doulas can still be of great help! In my experience, dads enjoy being able to be more present at the birth of their child – knowing a knowledgeable guide is present to care for mom.
Do I have to have a natural birth to use a doula?
Not at all! A doula has no hidden agenda for a client’s birth. A doula’s role is to help the mother navigate the birth she desires. Doulas also can help moms adjust when their birth plans change.
What are the benefits of using a doula?
Evidence Based Birth® sums up the benefits this way:
- 25% decrease in the risk of Cesarean; the largest effect was seen with a doula (39% decrease)*
- 8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth; the largest effect was seen with a doula (15% increase)*
- 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief; the type of person providing continuous support did not make a difference
- Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average; there is no data on if the type of person providing continuous support makes a difference
- 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score; there is no data on if the type of person providing continuous support makes a difference
- 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience; mothers’ risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience was reduced with continuous support provided by a doula or someone in their social network (family or friend), but not hospital staff
(And because people always ask: YES! I *absolutely* used a doula in every birth experience!)
Does a doula make decisions for her clients?
A doula does not make decisions for her clients. She provides information, supports the woman in her decision-making, and ensures the woman’s wishes are made known to her care provider.
Will a doula replace my partner?
Nope! In my experience, a doula really helps dads enjoy birth! Oftentimes women in labor have many, simultaneous needs. I make it a point in my practice to include partners to the extent they are comfortable. My goal is to support the entire family unit in welcoming their newest addition.
Birth is natural. Why do I need to prepare for it?
Childbirth is certainly a natural process, but birth still can be a mysterious force of nature! A childbirth education/preparation course demystifies much of the birthing process. Sessions provide an opportunity to address any of your fears about birth, learn comfort measures to handle labor pain, understand medical interventions, connect with your birth partner, and more. Furthermore, our modern maternity care system is fraught with outdated practices and hidden risks; being an informed consumer is the best way to approach birthing in the American healthcare system. And having a doula by your side can make a WORLD of difference.