It is wonderful to have a doula as an advocate for you (especially if you’re having a hospital birth), to make sure your Birth Preferences are honored, and to be a nurturing presence; one that knows so many ways to help your Birthing Time progress and be more comfortable if needed, etc. You need to know that the doula you choose can help you best by becoming completely familiar with the philosophy, techniques, cue words, etc. of your Hypnobabies program.
Traditional doula training provides the birthing woman with much more physical activity to stay comfortable, while using hypnosis entails much more “going inside” and specific cues that have been programmed subconsciously. Hypnobabies moms can indeed use upright positions, birth balls and walk if they want to, but this will be for progress if needed or descent and positioning of your baby, and not to maintain comfort. Unless a doula is familiar with all of this, she may not help the woman in the ways she truly needs to give birth using hypnosis.
This is where I come in. As a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor and Hypno-Doula, I am very familiar with everything that is involved in a birth using hypnosis. I have taken special training (and continue to do so) to ensure that I am able to provide you with the best "Hypno" support possible.
Certainly a doula that hasn’t previously been trained in Hypnobabies can be effective, they just need to be educated about hypnosis for birth and be willing to birth-assist in a different way. Since all birthing women have different needs, flexibility is the mark of a good doula anyway!
One of the best ways to make sure your doula becomes familiar with and trained in Hypnobabies is to:
Check the list on the Hypnobabies official website to see if she is a Certified Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula. This means she has taken a Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula course and been trained and certified to labour-assist Hypnobabies moms.
If she is not on the list, you can encourage her to order our Hypno-Doula Training Bundle that trains doulas and midwives to assist a Hypnobabies Mom.
And…bring your doula to your Hypnobabies Class! Doulas are always welcome and certainly learn a great deal from being there with you in class.
(some of the above information was taken from Hypnobabies official website)