What is A Doula?
A Doula is a woman experienced with childbirth who provides emotional, physical and informational support to the expectant family before, during and immediately after birth.
A Doula recognizes birth as a key life experience, one that impacts and shapes the course of life for a woman and her family. The Doula works to nurture and protect that experience by encouraging the woman to give birth in her own unique way.
Why Hire a Doula?
Clinical studies have founds that a Doula's presence at a birth can result in shorter labors with fewer complications and reduce negative feelings about one's birth experience. When continuous labor support was provided by a Doula, women experienced a:
Decrease in the use of Pitocin
Decrease in the risk of C-section
Increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
Decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
Decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
Promotes the mother’s self-esteem
Decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Research has also shown that parents who receive support:
Feel more secure and cared for
Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
Have greater success with breastfeeding
Have greater self-confidence
Have less postpartum depression