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Labor and Delivery Nurses and Postpartum Nurses are incredible advocates for birthing and postpartum families. In the realm of maternal and newborn care, nurses play a pivotal role in ensuring the well-being of both parents and baby.

When we attend births as doula, we spend a significant amount of time collaborating with nurses to support our birthing families.

I love working with nurses and I want to shed light on a partnership that often goes unnoticed yet holds tremendous significance – the beautiful collaboration between nurses and doulas.

Nurses and doulas intertwine their expertise and compassion to provide holistic support to birthing individuals and their families.

Nurses, with their clinical proficiency and unwavering dedication, stand as pillars of strength in the labor and delivery room. Their adeptness in medical interventions, monitoring vital signs, and providing comfort measures makes them indispensable allies in the journey of childbirth.

The Collaboration Between Nurses and Doulas is Beautiful

How Doulas Support the Non-Birthing Parent

Doulas – the nurturers, the advocates, the guardians of the birth space. Doulas bring a unique blend of emotional support, empowerment, and advocacy to the birthing experience.

Their soothing touch, reassuring words, and unwavering presence serve as beacons of light, guiding families through the ebb and flow of labor.

Together, nurses and doulas form a symbiotic relationship, each complementing the other’s strengths to create a harmonious environment for childbirth.

It’s not just about medical procedures or relaxation techniques; it’s about fostering a sense of trust, understanding, and partnership that empowers birthing individuals to navigate the profound journey of labor with confidence and dignity.

Nurses and doulas share a common goal – to ensure that every birthing person feels supported, respected, and heard throughout their childbirth journey.

Whether it’s holding a hand during a contraction, providing a warm blanket, or offering words of encouragement, their collective efforts weave a tapestry of care that transcends the boundaries of clinical practice.

One of the most beautiful aspects of the partnership between nurses and doulas is the seamless integration of medical expertise and holistic support.

While nurses attend to the medical needs of the birthing person and their baby, doulas provide continuous emotional and physical support, creating a synergy that enhances the overall birthing experience.

In the fast-paced environment of the labor and delivery room, nurses and doulas share a bond forged in compassion and empathy.

They work hand in hand, anticipating each other’s needs, communicating seamlessly, and advocating tirelessly for the well-being of their clients.

It’s this sense of camaraderie and collaboration that truly sets the stage for a positive birthing experience.

“Working Together, We Found a Special Spot; The Baby Moved Down…”

We feel so privileged to have worked with so many wonderful nurses in labor and delivery. We can see their deep compassion and dedication to taking care of birthing people.

In honor of the wonderful nurses, we’d love to share a few of our favorite stories of collaborating with nurses:

This has honestly happened too many times to count, but having nurses that skillfully and secretly wipe away poop during labor is clutch.

Many birthing folks feel concerned about this happening to them, and most people don’t even notice because the nurses are so incredibly surreptitious, often wiping it away before our client has even noticed. 

I’ll never forget the time when we had a client that absolutely hated one of the OBs at the hospital she was birthing in.

I partnered with the nurse to keep him out of her room while we worked on firing him and getting the hospitalist to attend the birth.

It was a whirlwind of hospital policies while supporting a birthing person, but having the nurse’s partnership was critical in giving the birthing person what she needed to be at peace and give birth. 

Once we had a client that was stuck at the same dilation and station (spot where the baby is in the pelvis) for hours.

The nurse and I were able to collaborate on positions we could try to help get the baby to the right position to move down and put pressure on the cervix to dilate.

We tried so many positions! Finally, by working together, we found a special spot to get the baby to move down.

It was a beautiful partnership. 

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As we celebrate Nurse Appreciation Month, let us thank nurses for their unwavering dedication, boundless compassion, and your tireless advocacy.

You are the unsung heroes of the birthing world, the guiding lights that illuminate the path to parenthood with warmth and grace.

So here’s to you – the dynamic duo of nurses and doulas – may our partnership continue to flourish, may your hearts continue to overflow with love, and may your impact on the lives of families be everlasting.

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