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%
Improved breastfeeding
Decreased postpartum depression


references:

Cochrane Collaboration www.thecochranelibrary.com 
​​http://www.understandingresearch.com/playing-the-doula-numbers-game

Labor Doulas:


  • Provide non-biased emotional, physical, and informational support during pregnancy, labor and the birth process, and the immediate postpartum period
  • Work closely with the birthing woman and her family as she explores her values and needs surrounding birth
  • Encourage the birthing woman to seek care and a place of birth that reflects her values and needs
  • Assist in the preparation of birth preferences to facilitate communication with the birth team
  • Encourage informed decision making
  • Provide information on birth options and resources
  • Provide the woman with non-medical comfort techniques for labor, such as positions and movement, comforting touch, breathing techniques, and affirmation
  • Seek to foster a cooperative, respectful, and positive atmosphere with the birth team
  • Provide support to the birthing woman's partner or family
  • Support and assist initial breastfeeding
  • Assist the mother in processing her birth experience
  • Answer general questions about newborn care and breastfeeding





Labor Doulas do not:

  • ​Diagnose medical conditions
  • Perform clinical procedures
  • Interpret medical diagnoses or clinical results
  • Perform clinical procedures
  • Make decisions for the birthing woman
  • Speak for the birthing woman

​Belly to Birthday

Belly to Birthday