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Rochester General Hospital hosts doula education day

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester General Hospital invited doulas to tour the newly renovated TWIG birthing center and postpartum unit for Doula Education Day on Saturday.

Danielle Assibu-Gilmore, a Nurse Midwife at Rochester General Hospital says, “Let the community know that we are here for them we are here as obstetricians, midwives, doulas, we’re all working together to improve the health of the community, and improving the health of our birthing folks is the way we do that.”

With so many positions within the field of labor and delivery— how exactly does a doula help?

“We’re like birth besties but we develop a relationship with the clients throughout their pregnancy so we know what their birth preferences are,” says Lakeisha Washington, Birth Doula and Lactation Consultant.

Assibu-Gilmore continues, “A doula really serves as like an advocate, and you know, almost like a sister. To be here and make sure that their needs are met.”

Part of the tour was also a hands-on training during which doulas learned about delivery in the operating room. In order for doulas to be in all spaces they need to understand patient safety and how to keep a sterile environment.

“By making sure that we’ve equipped doulas with the information they need to be in the operating room safely we are enabling both that partnership and the safety of the patient and the community,” says Bethany Fjeldheim, who is a Nurse Midwife within Rochester Regional Health.

According to the American Medical Association data suggests maternal mortality has been increasing in the US. And according to Washington NYS faces greater disparities when it comes to black women.

Washington adds, “Black women, I want to be able to support people in the right ways and to make sure, not only that they’re getting the care that they deserve but they’re also being able to advocate for the things that they need and want not only for themselves but also for their babies.”

A study published by the National Institute of Health determined that doula-supported people in labor had better birth outcomes, were less likely to have a low-birth-weight baby, were less likely to experience a birth complication, and were significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester General Hospital invited doulas to tour the newly renovated TWIG birthing center and postpartum unit for Doula Education Day on Saturday.

Danielle Assibu-Gilmore, a Nurse Midwife at Rochester General Hospital says, “Let the community know that we are here for them we are here as obstetricians, midwives, doulas, we’re all working together to improve the health of the community, and improving the health of our birthing folks is the way we do that.”

With so many positions within the field of labor and delivery— how exactly does a doula help?

“We’re like birth besties but we develop a relationship with the clients throughout their pregnancy so we know what their birth preferences are,” says Lakeisha Washington, Birth Doula and Lactation Consultant.

Assibu-Gilmore continues, “A doula really serves as like an advocate, and you know, almost like a sister. To be here and make sure that their needs are met.”

Part of the tour was also a hands-on training during which doulas learned about delivery in the operating room. In order for doulas to be in all spaces they need to understand patient safety and how to keep a sterile environment.

“By making sure that we’ve equipped doulas with the information they need to be in the operating room safely we are enabling both that partnership and the safety of the patient and the community,” says Bethany Fjeldheim, who is a Nurse Midwife within Rochester Regional Health.

According to the American Medical Association data suggests maternal mortality has been increasing in the US. And according to Washington NYS faces greater disparities when it comes to black women.

Washington adds, “Black women, I want to be able to support people in the right ways and to make sure, not only that they’re getting the care that they deserve but they’re also being able to advocate for the things that they need and want not only for themselves but also for their babies.”

A study published by the National Institute of Health determined that doula-supported people in labor had better birth outcomes, were less likely to have a low-birth-weight baby, were less likely to experience a birth complication, and were significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding. Read More Local NewsRochesterFirst  

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