What is a Doula?
The word DOULA comes from a Greek word that means "a woman who serves" A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical and informational support to the mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula's purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience.
Benefits of Doula Support include:
C-sections reduced by 26%-50%
Length of labor reduced by 25%
Oxytocin use reduced by 40%
Use of narcotics reduced by 30%
Forceps reduced by 30%
Epidurals reduced by 60%
Decreased postpartum depression
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