A doula’s role is to help you have a positive and safe birth experience. During labor she will empower you to advocate for yourself and hold a safe space for you to birth. This can be even more beneficial if you labor in a hospital where you may not have a close relationship with your medical team. Your doula will support you with encouragement and reassurance, breathing and relaxation techniques, laboring positions, aiding movement, massage for comfort, making sure you eat and drink enough, and facilitate dicussions about decisions as needed. Doulas don’t take the place of partners during birth. Instead, they can work with your partner to give you support. Your doula can massage your back while you lean on your partner, or she can take his place when he needs to rest, eat, or use the bathroom.
Many studies have shown that the addition of a doula to a woman’s birth team can benefit the mother in numerous ways. A Cochrane review updated in 2012 compiled data from 22 trials of 15,000 women whose birth experiences included women who had different kinds of continuous support during labor or none at all.
The results? Women who had continuous support, especially from a doula, were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, C-sections, or negative feelings about childbirth.
Other benefits include:
Increased chance of a positive childbirth experience
higher breastfeeding success rate
better maternal self esteem
lower blood pressure during labor
less pain experienced
If interventions are medically necessary, a doula can help support the mother emotionally so she can have a positive birth experience despite changes in her birth plan. She also can find ways to make it more comfortable in the midst of interventions.
WHAT IS A DOULA?
WHAT DOES A DOULA DO?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A DOULA?
My role is to support you and your family emotionally and physically to acheive the birth you desire. I am knowledgeable about the birth process, but I do not provide medical care or take the place of a qualified midwife or physician. I will meet with you during your pregnancy to discuss your birth plan and what is important to you. I will be on call 24/7 for you from 38 weeks on. I have experience supporting mothers at home, birth centers, and hospitals. I also support mothers with breastfeeding immediately after birth and will also visit you postpartum. I would love to discuss your birth plans with you and see if I am a good fit for you.
"IF A DOULA WERE A DRUG IT WOULD BE UNETHICAL NOT TO USE IT." - JOHN H KENNELL MD