The Greek word Doula means woman caregiver. A Doula is someone that is a source of constant support before, during and after childbirth. Not only do Doulas support moms but they also offer support to partners. Doulas provide continuous and uninterrupted emotional support and physical comfort during these times as well. Doulas also have knowledge of Doctor, Midwife and Hospital policies. Doulas are also advocates of the mother’s wishes and goals throughout pregnancy, birth and after childbirth. Doula’s stay by the mother’s side through the entire labor and delivery of their child/children. Doula’s also facilitate communication between the laboring mother, partner, nurses and other medical professionals.
Doula’s are multi-faceted and can help both mother and partner in an exponential number of ways.According to DONA International, women 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, and are 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively.
There have been many studies done with expectant mothers and their partners about the benefits of having a Doula. Please see the links below for undeniable proof that having a Doula is better not only for mom and partner but also for baby!