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.

Wherever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.
— Ina May Gaskin

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



Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2012)
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (2002) and (2002) 
British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1991)
DONA International (Why Use A Doula)