Your Body, Your Birth, Your Way...
"If a doula were a drug it would be unethical not to use it."
~ John H. Kennel, MD
The role of a Doula
-She is a calm voice over the rush of hurried ones.
-She is 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 is there constantly throughout labor.
-She can help to keep things calm and respectful.
-She is there with trained, experienced knowledge of what is happening to help you
decide how to go forward.
Yes, there is research to support the benefits of having a Doula. Here is what it shows
Woman who receive continuous support during labor are less likely to:
-give birth with assistance of forceps or vacuum extraction
-give birth by cesarean
-having a baby with low 5-minute Apgar score
-report dissatisfaction or negative rating of their experience
If you would like to learn more you can find more resources at DONA website
What is a Doula
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.