What Is A Doula?
What is a doula?
“The greek word doula means woman caregiver. We now use the word to describe a trained and experienced labor companion who provides the woman and her husband or partner continuous emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during and just after childbirth.
A birth doula…
…recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
…understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
…assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
…stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor.
…provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions.
… facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers.
…perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.”
As your doula I will provide you with unbiased evidence based information regarding your pregnancy and birth. I will be pretty much the only person who will be by your side throughout your entire birth. Sometimes even the most loving dad’s need a break and a chance to step away. I will offer comfort measures and position changes to ease your birth. I can help you create a birth preference sheet for your care provider, help you find local resources for you and baby, and be a constant reassurance throughout your birth. I have also been trained to provide breastfeeding assistance, should you need it. You can do this. And I’d love to help you!
Women cared for during labor by a birth doula, compared to those receiving usual care were
26% less likely to give birth by cesarean section
41% less likely to give birth with a vacuum extractor or forceps
28% less likely to use any analgesia or anathesia
33% less likely to be dissatisfied or negatively rate their birth experience