What is a Birth Doula?
A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical and informational support to the mother who is expecting, experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable and empowering birth experience with nonjudgmental support.
From DONA International:
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.
We are prepared to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. We offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured and cared for.
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Doula?
Numerous clinical studies have shown the use of a doula during labor and delivery can have the following beneficial effects:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in synthetic oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps & vacuum delivery
Long term benefits:
* Improved breastfeeding
* Increased time spent with baby
* Increased maternal satisfaction with birth experience
* Decreased postpartum depression