The word Doula is from Greek origin and means helper/caregiver, typically for those that are pregnant or in their postpartum period. A Doula is someone that is a source of constant support before, during and after childbirth. Not only do Doulas support those in labor, but they also offer support to partners. Doulas provide continuous and uninterrupted emotional support and physical comfort. They also have knowledge of Doctor, Midwife and Hospital policies. We are also advocates of the clients birth wishes and goals throughout pregnancy, birth and after childbirth. Doula’s stay by your side through the entire labor and delivery of their child/children. Doula’s also facilitate communication between you, the nurses and other medical professionals.
Doula’s are multi-faceted and can help you in an exponential number of ways. According to DONA International, those in labor that have continuous support during are: 28% less likely to have a cesarean section, 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor, 9% less likely to need pain medication, and are 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively.
There have been many studies done about the benefits of having a Doula. Please see the links below for undeniable proof that having a Doula is better not only for you but also for baby!
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