DiscoverMom SLOW DOWN!Seeking the help of a doula for your birth experience? Katy Kelly has been present for hundreds of births over her time as a doula and she is here to tell you why being a team player is critical.
Seeking the help of a doula for your birth experience? Katy Kelly has been present for hundreds of births over her time as a doula and she is here to tell you why being a team player is critical.

Seeking the help of a doula for your birth experience? Katy Kelly has been present for hundreds of births over her time as a doula and she is here to tell you why being a team player is critical.

Update: 2021-10-10
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A Compassionate Presence for Every Birth with Doula Katy Kelley


Episode S3E3 MINI CONVO 1 & 2: Show Notes


 We speak with doula Katy Kelley about her advice for new doulas, which centers around working as a team with all the parties and professionals involved in a birth. She reveals how her years of experience in healthcare have helped her to get accepted into the birth environment, why everyone has a part to play in the birth story, and why it is beneficial to avoid the tragic and fear-invoking birth stories online, but rather to trust the birth team and allow your own experience to come forward. Next, she tells us a bit about how she advocates for couples and educates them on the choices available in the moment, and emphasizes the immense value of working together as a team. During our second mini convo, we talk about the ways in which a doula’s permissions differ depending on whether it is a home or hospital birth. Katy tells us about the role of a nurse in administering pain relief and how she educates couples on what an honor and a blessing the birth experience can be, and how she uses essential oils to assist with pain relief, before bringing the point home that her role is to educate a couple that they do have choices! We hope you join us for these short episodes that pack a punch. 


Key Points From This Episode:


  • Advice for new doulas: be a team player.
  • How Katy’s years of experience in healthcare have helped her to be accepted into the birth environment.
  • Why everyone has a part to play in the birth story.
  • The tragic and fear-invoking birth stories that can be read online.
  • Why it’s helpful not to expect too much, but rather allow the experience to come forward.
  • Why it’s helpful to trust the birth team.
  • How Katy advocates for couples and educates them on the choices available.
  • Why she thinks it is important to work as a team through a birth. 
  • How a doula’s permissions differ depending on whether it is a home or hospital birth.
  • How a doula is not allowed to birth or touch the baby.
  • The role of a nurse in administering pain relief.
  • How she educates couples on what an honor and a blessing the experience can be.
  • How Katy uses essential oils to assist with pain relief. 
  • How she educates couples that they do have choices.


Tweetables:


“For any new doulas coming into the profession as I leave it, [my] advice is: be a team player!” — Katy Kelley [0:00:01 ]


“There’s a lot of things online that are tragic or fear-invoking birth experiences, and I think by not reading too much, not expecting too much, and just allowing and trusting that this experience can come forward, and trusting the birth team.” — Katy Kelley [0:00:27 ]

“As a doula, I will advocate for that couple and support their wishes if there are things being suggested by a medical team and they are unaware.” — Katy Kelley [0:01:13 ]

“A big part of this is educating the couples on what an honor and a blessing this experience can be instead of approaching it fearfully.” — Katy Kelley [0:00:56 ]


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


Katy Kelley on LinkedIn

Mom, Slow Down!


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Seeking the help of a doula for your birth experience? Katy Kelly has been present for hundreds of births over her time as a doula and she is here to tell you why being a team player is critical.

Seeking the help of a doula for your birth experience? Katy Kelly has been present for hundreds of births over her time as a doula and she is here to tell you why being a team player is critical.

Jessica Gershman