What is a doula?

Birth doulas provide physical, emotional, and informational support before, during, and immediately after your birth.  They provide continuity of care throughout your labor, meaning they don't leave your side until the baby is born, and doulas can also help facilitate discussion with your care providers. 

Birth doulas don’t have any medical training and won’t give you any medical advice, they don’t take over the role of your partner, but they seem to fill in all of the other spaces involved with birth – some of which you wouldn’t have been able to imagine you needed.  And the proof is in the pudding!

 

Studies show a doula’s continuous support during labor results in:

  • Shorter labors with fewer complications

  • Fewer medical interventions

  • Increased satisfaction with birthing experience

  • Reduced use of pain medication and epidural

  • Increases chance of spontaneous vaginal birth

  • Greater success with breastfeeding

  • Babies are less likely to have a low 5 minute apgar score

  • Continuous labor support has no known harms!

More information see Childbirth Connection:

http://www.childbirthconnection.org/giving-birth/labor-support/research-evidence/