Molly Murray - Birth, Life, and Business Doula
Short answer? It really depends on your labor and birth.
Friends, it's no secret that I LOVE birth. I love listening to people talk about their births, I love preparing people for their births, and I especially love attending births as a birth doula.
''I can't afford a doula. How can I set myself up for success in my birth without the added support?''
Hey everyone! I recently wrote a blog post titled, ''Are Doulas worth the investment? Yes. Here are 5 reasons why.'' (you can read this post here). It's been very well recieved, with many people saying, ''Yes! 100% Doulas are worth the investment!''
I love that so many people are in agreement.
But I have to tell you, I realize that I am coming from a place of privilege and in that post, assuming that whoever is reading HAS the funds, they just don't know if a doula is worth the investment.
Here's where I let you in on little/big secret: I could not afford a doula!
Every family that I talk with is asking themselves and one another the same question,
Are doulas really worth the investment?
Several months ago, I wrote a blog post about the cost of doulas in Cincinnati (which you can read here).
Today, I want to follow up this post up with 5 reasons why doulas are absolutely worth the investment! Of course, I'm a doula, so you could say that I'm more than a little biased... but that's okay! I've also given birth three times and utilized doulas for the last two births and wish I had for my first!
Read on to find my reasons why hiring a doula is worth the investment...
Disclaimer: This blog post is just a teeny tiny sliver into all of the resources and options available to you. Even still, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Use what you need now...and save the rest for later.
Sometimes we get lost in our screens; consuming link after link, boatloads of information...and pretty soon, we end up with what I once heard dubbed ''Information Constipation'' where we have consumed so much information that we're up all stopped up. Lol!
I intend this post to be one that you bookmark and come back to throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
As always, if you know of anyone who is looking for a birth or postpartum doula or just needs to talk through their options, please send them my way! I appreciate your referrals.
I want you to meet the incredible doulas that I work closely with. These two women are who I lean on for backup support should I be unable to attend a birth, postpartum doula visit, or childbirth class.
Mothering Without a Mother...and the Importance of Mom Friends
In my last blog post, I mentioned that if I'm going to blog on a regular basis, I have to be more real with you all. Birth preparation is wonderful and absolutely worth writing about, but so is life and motherhood!
Sharing my story is important to me.
To affirm this, I was recently listening to a talk with Seth Godin who blogs daily and he said something to the effect of, ''I write how I talk...and I've never met anyone who gets talking block.''
It's true, right? It may be hard to write out everything if I'm worried about doing it right or fitting into a box... but if I just share with you, how I would in person, I could go on for sometime!
Read on to hear about my journey in mothering without a Mother and the importance of Mom friends in my life.
And neither are the other doulas.
Hey friends! It's been a while since I've sat down and written a blog post.
I should start this entry with the knowing that I was 41 weeks plus 5 days when I finally went into labor with Thomas.
With my previous 2 births and babies I hadn't gone more than a couple days past my due date. As a doula, I knew it was normal to go to 41 or even 42 weeks but I never imagined it would happen to me... and I was absolutely miserable in those last couple weeks! I was ready to have my baby, physically and emotionally!
I had my membranes stripped at 41+4 weeks to avoid a chemical/pitocin induction at 42 weeks. Some practices will allow you to go past 42 weeks. My midwives group was not one of them... and I was okay with that.
So you're into your 2nd or 3rd trimester and starting to think about what to pack in your hospitals bags.
You're in luck! I've been a birth doula for 4 years and have given birth in the hospital with all 3 of my children.
I've experienced what parents use the most of and what goes completely ignored and unpacked... only to be carried in and back out again. Here's my list of essentials for your hospital bags!
Cincinnati Mother, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator and Founder of the Cincinnati Birth and Parenting Network.
Serving Greater Cincinnati & N. Kentucky since 2012
I accept payments via cash, check, credit cards, Paypal, and you may be able to use funds from your HSA or FSA.
Serving Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky including: Alexandria, Amberley Village, Bellevue, Blue Ash, Burlington, Centerville, Cheviot, Clifton, Cold Spring, Colerain Township, Columbia Tusulum, Covington, Crescent Springs, Delhi, Dry Ridge, Edgewood, Elsmere, Erlanger, Florence, Ft. Mitchell, Ft Thomas, Ft Wright, Green Township, Hamilton, Harrison, Hebron, Hyde Park, Independence, Kenwood, Loveland, Madeira, Madisonville, Mariemont , Mason, Middletown, Milford, Montgomery, Mt Adams, Mt Healthy, Mt Lookout, Newport, Northside, Oakley, OTR, Park Hills, Pleasant Ridge, Sharonville, Springboro, Union, West Chester, Wilder and all cities within 1 hour radius of Cincinnati, OH.
SUPPORTING FAMILIES IN:
natural birth, cesarean birth, induction. planned cesarean birth, gentle or family centered cesarean birth, multiples, VBAC, water birth, attachment parenting, babywearing, breastfeeding, bottle feeding and more!
Experienced with many birthing philosophies such as: Birthing From within, Bradley Method, Hypnobabies, Hypnobirthing, Lamaze, etc.