Actress Jaime King, who recently gave birth to her second son, has taken to Instagram to share her gratitude for her doula who helped to support her through the birthing process.
The 36-year-old said a doula was present at both of her births, captioning the image with:
“I truly don’t know what I would do without the support of Cecilia Sovinsky, my incredible doula. She has been my doula with James Knight, came in and saved the day with Leo Thames.”
Doulas mainly help to create a birth plan, aid with breathing techniques and can assist in breastfeeding. Usually however, they are not medically trained.
King continued in her message, "There are few words to describe how important it has been for me to be surrounded by powerful, loving, compassionate women during and after birth. I am so grateful to know she will be a member of our family forever."
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King then urged women who didn't know what a doula was to consider their services.
"First, those of you who don't know what doulas do, I highly suggest you look into it. Holistic support for families through this journey of discovery through the birth of a child and re-birth (of oneself) is profound, exciting, sometimes terrifying and in my experience, absolutely transformative," she wrote.
Many commenters wrote in support of King's statement. One writing, "Couldn't agree more with everything you've said. I was so lucky to have an incredible doula, two amazing and YES - transformative birth experiences. How birth should be for everyone, hopefully someday."
The Motherish asked a midwife about their feelings towards doulas being present during the delivery of a baby.
She said, "Doulas can be very helpful to midwives, they are a great support to women and their partners as they have built a relationship with them during their pregnancy and have discussed their labour wishes."
"However, doulas are not medically trained and therefore if a woman's labour does not progress as they wished doulas can become obstructive to medical staff and potentially put woman and babies at risk," she concluded.
Did you have a doula at your birth? Would you ever use one?
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