"If a doula were a drug it would be unethical not to use it."
~ John H. Kennel, MD
The role of a Doula
-She's a calm voice over the rush of hurried ones.
-She's there to focus on the emotional health of the mother and her partner.
-The midwife or doctor is there to focus on the medical health of mother and baby.
-She's there constantly throughout labor.
-She can help to keep things calm and respectful.
-She's there with trained experienced knowledge of what is happening to help you
decide how to go forward.
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What is a Doula
Your Body, Your Birth, Your Way...
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Benefits of Doula supported Birthing
Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%. Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor.