In Middle Tennessee, we are lucky to have many options for a care provider that will help us on one of the most special days of our lives. We have hundreds of obstetricians in dozens of hospitals, a few dozen midwives in hospitals, a handful of midwives at free standing birth centers, and a couple dozen home birth midwives. If you were to ask in any of the moms groups on Facebook who the best doctor or midwife in Middle Tennessee is, you’re likely going to get about 100 different answers.
A common misconception among doulas and birthing families is that Pitocin is the enemy and to be avoided at all costs.
Oxytocin: a hormone produced in the hypothalamus and transported to and secreted by the pituitary gland. It is released during sex, childbirth, and lactation. In labor, it is causes the uterus to contract.
Pitocin: a synthetic version of Oxytoxin used to start or strengthen labor contractions during childbirth and control bleeding after childbirth
Have you heard that your doula can protect you from unwanted procedures? How about that he or she is a barrier between you and your doctor? Have you gotten the impression that doulas are only for specific kinds of births?
Luckily for you, none of these assertions are true.