I'm so delighted to introduce Laura Dehne, a wonderful Doula here in the Albuquerque area! Check out some of the all so important questions you may have, during this Ask the Doula segment!
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WHAT IS A DOULA?
The word “doula” comes from the Greek, meaning “a woman who serves”. There are many types of doulas, but the most common is the labor and birth doula who is a trained non-medical professional who provides physical, emotional and educational support through pregnancy, childbirth and early postpartum.
ARE DOULAS AND MIDWIVES THE SAME?
No. Doulas do not provide any medical care. Without the responsibilities of a medical provider, a doula can give her undivided attention to the laboring mother, staying by her side throughout the entire labor.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DOULA?
Cochrane studies in 2017 and 2019 revealed that having the continuous support of a doula during childbirth reduces the use of pain medications, epidurals and artificial oxytocin (Pitocin), increases spontaneous vaginal births, reduces the length of labor, lowers the risk of c-sections, helps make breastfeeding more successful, higher apgar scores in babies and increases mother’s satisfaction with the overall experience. And in 2014 the American Congress of Gynecology (ACOG) acknowledged the doula as “one of the most effective tools” to improve birth.
WHERE DO DOULAS WORK?
Labor and birth doulas attend all types of births including: homebirths, hospital births and birth centers.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A DOULA?
Since your doula will be a part of a very intimate and private time in your life, it is important to build a trusting relationship with her, so the sooner the better; although it’s never too late to add a doula to your birth team!
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN DOULA SUPPORT?
Since doulas are not medical providers they do not perform any type of medical tasks such as: vaginal exams, monitor baby’s heart tones, diagnose conditions, make decisions for or speak on their clients behalf, change shifts (but instead is continually present throughout labor and birth) and usually does not plan on catching the baby.
DOES A DOULA REPLACE THE FATHER OR PARTNER?
To the contrary, doulas are an ADDITION to the birth team; supporting dads and partners as well. Helping dads to stay fed, hydrated and rested is all part of a doula’s role.
WHAT IF I DECIDE TO HAVE AN EPIDURAL?
Doulas continue to support even if a mother decides to have an epidural. Helping mom stay hydrated and assisting with position changes are a few of the ways doulas support with an epidural. Also, a doula’s presence during the delivery of the baby can be immensely beneficial.
CAN A DOULA ATTEND A C-SECTION?
Yes! Depending on the wishes of the family and hospital policies, the doula may or may not be present in the operating room but will be waiting in recovery offering all the same support as she would immediately after a vaginal birth.
Your Rio Rancho Maternity Photographer
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Hi I'm Anna!
Rio Rancho is my home. When I first moved here I attended Lincoln Middle School. Rio Rancho has always had a special place in my heart. I love the community spirit here, and the love we have for our city. Of course the views are amazing! That is why I LOVE having maternity photo sessions here in Rio Rancho. I get to show everyone the stunning locations of the city I love.
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Welcome to Anna Cummings Photography!
Hi I'm Anna!
About me: I’m more than just your photographer. I give you tips on what to wear, provide maternity dresses for my pregnant clients, know what local locations are awesome, and how to get the kids to have fun. I’m patient, organized, and relaxed. I turn an evening of portraits into an evening of fun, confidence, and smiles. Especially with a stunning dress- you'll feel your best!
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I’m not going to lie; I LOVE maternity photography sessions. In Albuquerque maternity photos are always something a little extra special. I think it because the importance that we put on families.
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Safety is my absolute highest priority.
I take every precaution I can to make sure your session is safe and relaxing. You can have confidence when you choose me as your photographer that your session will be safe!
I am regularly trained in adult and pediatric First Aid and CPR. My last certification was in March, 2022.
Every person in my home, including myself, is fully vaccinated for Covid-19.
I have taken safety training for Newborn Photography and Posing for Newborns.
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Your Photoshoot for You and Your Dog
Dogs have a special place in our hearts. They take all of the love in their hearts and give it out freely. Their special bond with you makes them a part of your family. As life passes by, quickly and before we know it, our beloved pets have grown up! Make sure to commemorate their life, their love, and their special bond in a photo session. As a pet photographer in Albuquerque I want to make sure that your love for each other is captured! For your dog’s photos a little preparation is key to a successful photo session.
What is a Newborn Photography Session like?
As you prepare for your baby to arrive you know the time will come when you are finally feeling a bit more like yourself. After your baby is born there is so much new joy in life! Yes, perhaps your baby will hardly know day from night (don’t worry mama that will pass!), and sometimes feeding can take so much longer than you ever imagined. But those early days are the time to capture those fleeting moments of new babyhood before time passes ever so quickly.
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Cats are a special kind of animal. Cats are sometimes loving and sometimes skittish- and a cat friendly photo session can be tricky. But don’t leave out the kitty friends in your life! Take the time to capture the special bond between you and your cat in a cat photo session.
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Those first few days are a blur. They go fast. Your body is healing and adjusting. Between the snuggles and feedings it can be hard to hold onto those precious moments.
Anna Cummings Photography
As a photographer I embrace the joy in life. I'm patient and relaxed, no need to stress because I’ve got you taken care of! Let's get together!