The word Doula is from Greek origin and means helper or 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. Continuous and uninterrupted emotional and physical support is key to a healthy and happy birthing experience.
Doula’s also use their knowledge of doctor, midwife and hospital policies to facilitate communication between you and your medical providers. They are also advocates of the client’s birth wishes and goals throughout pregnancy, birth and even postpartum.
Doula’s are multi-faceted and can help you in many ways. According to DONA International, those that have continuous support during labor 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
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 best not only for you, but also for baby!
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