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“As Long as You’re Educated”: The Tangled Web of Informed Choice

If there is one thing I hope you know and remember long after our paths cross, it’s this: Placerville Doula provides unbiased and nonjudgmental support to the growing families of El Dorado, Sacramento, and Placer Counties. 

Among doulas near and far, there is a theory that we must provide all information regarding every choice you make as a client. We want our clients to be educated, and think this is the only way for you to be empowered. All we want is for you to make an “informed choice.”

So when you come to us and say, “I definitely want an epidural!”, we’re supposed to say, “Are you sure? Did you know there are xyz risks with epidurals? Here’s a handout on epidurals, and here’s some information on why a natural birth is best for you and your baby.”

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Placerville Doula supports your choice.

At Placerville Doula, we’re all about supporting you.

I love a good informed choice, but I’m not a certified childbirth educator (yet!). As a doula, it’s not my responsibility to push information on you. When clients hire me as their doula, it’s because I will support them regardless of their choices. I don’t need to make sure my clients have all the information before I choose to support them. That’s judgment. I don’t promote natural or unmedicated childbirth over other ways to give birth. That’s bias. I’m more than happy and capable to provide quality, unbiased information to anyone who wants it, but if you don’t? That’s a choice, too. And Placerville Doula supports your choice.

If you’re in the Sierra Nevada foothills and looking for nonjudgmental support for your pregnancy and birth, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for a doula who can provide you the unbiased information you need to make an informed choice, you’ve come to the right place. Placerville Doula supports your choices for your birth. Our goal is that you come away from your birthing experience feeling strong, safe, and supported. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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