Wife, Mummy, Nurse: A Soaker and Reading About the Advantage of Doulas {Yarn Along}

31 August 2011

A Soaker and Reading About the Advantage of Doulas {Yarn Along}

I'm still knitting the soaker I blogged about last week, but we were out of electricity this weekend (the pattern was downloaded onto my computer, not printed out-oops!!), and I could not knit at night easily since my eyes would strain by the candlelight.  But, I'm back to knitting it and hoping it will fit my daughter.  The last Curly Purly soaker I made for my daughter was FAR TO BIG.  That may have been because I quickly got bored of it, and it took me a few months to finish, well by that time my daughter had lost a few inches around her waist.

I'm also reading The Doula Advantage.  So far, it's a great book, but I'm only on chapter 2.  Chapter 1 informed the reader about doulas and why they are necessary during labor.
A doula is a professional who provides emotional, physical, informational, and practical support for the expectant, laboring, or postpartum mother.  She does not perform any medical tasks but actually complements the medical birth team. (p. 6-Italics were placed by me for emphasis.  I have often heard people saying they thought doulas performed medical tasks-checked a cervix, etc.  They are their for support.)
There are three types of doulas:

  1. Antepartum
  2. Labor
  3. Postpartum
If you are pregnant, plan to get pregnant, or have already had children, I'd encourage you to read this book.

Did you have a doula for your pregnancy and/or labor?
What was your experience like?  Are you a doula?
What are you knitting this week?  What are you reading?
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  1. Lovely shade of pink for the soaker. Hope your power cut didn't cause too much hassle. xxx

  2. I have made so many knitted items that are WAY too big. In fact, I am in the process of ripping a HUGE sweater right now. I might be able to make three sweaters from its yarn!

  3. A gorgeous bright pink! For times when the power is out, we've purchased two Aladdin oil lamps from Lehman's non-electric catalog -- they're wonderful (like a 60 watt bulb!). We lose power throughout the winter, so I've knit by them many a time. Blessings, ~Lisa