Having a trained birth doula at your labor/birth leads to:
25% shorter labor
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in oxytocin use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
50% reduction in cesarean rate
60% reduction in epidural requests
Breastfeeding more successful
More maternal-infant interaction
Less postpartum depression, anxiety & low self esteem
Increased positive perception of your baby
More overall satisfaction with birth experience
What Is A Birth Doula?
A person, usually a woman, who is professionally trained to provide constant support and non-medical comfort to a woman and her family during childbirth. Typically, a birth doula is hired by parents, though in some urban areas, hospitals are beginning to employ them.
WHERE do birth doulas work?
Anywhere. Since she is hired as a servant to the pregnant mother, she labors where the mother labors: in hospitals, homes and birth centers.
WHAT KIND of birth can birth doulas attend?
Any kind. From C-sections to planned inductions to epidurals to unmedicated to water births, a doula is trained to help each mother achieve that mother’s ideal of a positive birth experience.
WHO should use a birth doula?
Everyone. The stated mission of DONA International is A doula for every woman who wants one. If you would like a doula at your baby’s birth, talk to me. I am sure we can work something out.
If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it
– John H. Kennell, MD and one of the founders of DONA International
HOW to Pronounce DOULA
DOO-luh. It’s a Greek word for servant, or slave.
A Birth Doula is Otherwise Known As A
personal labor assistant
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