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reasons to hire a doula


Working in the birth industry, it’s easy for me to take doulas for granted. But the truth is, many moms don’t hire doulas because they either don’t know about doulas or they don’t think they need one!

After years of photographing births of every type, I’ve learned that doulas are incredibly helpful no matter how you give birth. However, most mamas who give birth at home are already aware of the benefits of a doula. So for all you moms who plan to give birth in a hospital, here are 5 reasons to hire a doula!


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1. Doulas are dedicated to one person: YOU


If you give birth in a hospital, you likely won’t have the undivided attention of anyone except your partner. Doctors and nurses come in and out to check on you, but they aren’t there to help you through each contraction. Doulas stay by your side through it all, often offering tips and tricks they’ve learned over the years.

Even if you have an incredibly supportive partner, you might end up separated at some point. Especially if you have a C-section or if there are any complications with your baby. Often your partner will go with the baby, leaving you on your own. If you have a doula, you have someone by your side the entire time. (Even if everything goes perfectly, your partner may need to eat something or use the bathroom! They can switch off with the doula so you have support all along the way.)


doula helping baby breastfeed for the first time, oklahoma birth


2. Doulas are your advocate

Doulas will help you fight for what you want (within reason). Though they can’t give medical advice as they
ren’t medical professionals, they’ll stand up for your wishes. That might mean helping you explain to the doctor that you want to try natural techniques to speed up labor, or advocating for you to the hospital staff that you really are ready for the epidural. They can also help you make more informed decisions by providing you with important information about procedures your doctor or midwife is suggesting.



doula helping mom in labor, oklahoma3. Doulas aren’t your partner

Yes, your partner is probably supportive and wants to help you. But your partner is probably going through some pretty intense emotions too! They’ll do their best, but they’re not experts. Doulas are trained to take care of you. They are the experts, and they’ll do whatever you need. That means you don’t have to worry about making them mad or hurting their feelings. They’ve seen it all before! Your partner on the other hand, may not be quite so on top of things.


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4. Doulas support your partner

While your doula is focused on you, they are also supporting your partner. They can show your partner how to help you more effectively. They can answer questions your partner has. And by being your primary support person, they allow your partner to experience the birth without feeling overwhelmed. This is especially true when moms have long or difficult labors. Your partner needs to be able to care for themselves to be able to be there for you, and doulas give them the ability to do that.


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5. Doulas help lower birth risks

It’s a fact that having a doula decreases your risk of an emergency C-section. Studies have also shown that women who use doulas have shorter labors, were more likely to not need pain medication, and their babies have high Apgar scores. No one is entirely sure why doulas affect birth so much – at least scientists aren’t sure. As someone who has been around doulas, I can see what a profound effect they have!


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If you’re expecting a baby, whether it’s your first or your fifth, consider hiring a doula! It’s more affordable than you think, and they are such an asset to have.

There are many doulas here in the Oklahoma City area, including at the Thrive Mama Collective!  Don’t be afraid to call around and interview more than one doula. Since they will be your primary support, you need to find the right one for you! Today’s post only covered labor and delivery doulas, but you can also hire postpartum doulas for help after the baby arrives! Basically doulas are great for every occasion:)

Click here to read up on birth classes, in addition to hiring a doula! :: http://taviaredburnphotography.com/2016/12/17/do-you-need-a-birth-class/

Man, first baby for 2017… and she wasn’t playing around! I’d been texting with mom all day as she was in early labor. With a history of quick labors, we decided I should get there sooner than later.

I arrived at the hospital right when mom and dad arrived. She was in serious labor, but still smiling and talking and laughing in between contractions.

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Without missing a beat, he pointed to his mom’s belly and said, “Um. I think the baby is in there.” Haha!
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K & I – thank you for asking me to photograph this sweet girl’s birth! It was a privilege and such a fun way to kick off 2017:)


I’m now booking well into Summer 2017, so please contact me ASAP if you’re interested in birth photography


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The highlight reel.

It’s what you read when you scroll through social media.

The highlight reel is what you hear when you bump into someone you haven’t seen in a while.

And it’s what you see from photographers when you look through their portfolio.

I want to pull back the curtain, and show you exactly what you’re getting from Tavia Redburn Photography when you hire me for a newborn session! I hand-craft each and every image to be one you will love. Because each image is intentional and designed specifically for your home, I do not deliver 100+ images. You will receive 30-50 unique images that you’ll love.

I encourage you to ask your newborn photographer to show you a full gallery before you choose who to hire! This will give you an idea of exactly what you can expect.

Here is a full gallery from a recent newborn session:

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Click here to inquire about an Oklahoma Newborn Session! 


I don’t know if there is such a thing as a “blooper” while photographing a birth. It’s all unposed and uncensored. But, here are some “bloopers” & funny moments from 2016!


Sweet moment between big bro and the newborn … and big bro #2 back there can’t handle the crying from baby.


This selfie between mom and dad was literally 5 minutes before baby was born! 3m9b1062-2

Hey, I even got to jump in on the next selfie!:) img_8015


When you find out your baby weighs 10lbs 8ounces!!



Best.birth.affirmation, ever. 3m9b1127-70


The family all gathering around to see the first photo of the new baby…..


Big brother is all….




How every single dad feels inside when their wife is in labor.



When mom’s doula works with me so often she knows right when I’m about to snap a photo … 😆




When you’ve been in labor for basically 4 days… sometimes you fall asleep during your baby’s newborn exam. 3m9b5599-254


Big sister was making goofy faces at me while mama was pushing!


When your husband picks up your baby for the first time….  hackneybirthweb-158



“Holy smokes, there really was a baby in mom’s belly!!” myambirth-131






Click here to see more of my birth photography! 

When I started photographing births, it was a brand new idea. Most people had never heard of hiring a birth photographer, because… why would you want photos of “that?!” 

It’s still an emerging genre, but I’m thrilled to have photographed all these babies’ births. Photos their mamas will have to look back on the rest of their lives to remember the hard work, the anticipation, and seeing that sweet face for the first time.



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