A Doula is a person trained to provide advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and after childbirth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
When a woman is giving birth in a hospital setting, OB’s are only in the room during the delivery, not for the labor and only 6%–10% of the labor and delivery nurses’ time is actually engaged in labor support activities for laboring mothers. Doulas are present to support laboring mothers and their partners during the entire birth experience.
Doulas are for EVERY birth because every birthing person deserves respect and support during her pregnancy and birth experience. I support my clients in making educated decisions based on what they feel is best for their family. Oftentimes, new families are not aware of all of their options when it comes to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I have the privilege of getting to walk my clients through each option, assisting them on what they feel is the best choice for their family.
Not only do women benefit from their doula’s support, but their partners can benefit as well! As a doula, I never get in between parents during such an immensely important bonding experience. By providing support to both mom and partner, I am able to complement and enhance the experience for both as well as enable the partner is able to be present at their own comfort level.
A doula’s support has shown to have the following effects:
50% reduced rate of cesarean
25% reduction in the length of labor
40% reduced use of oxytocin
60% reduced requests for an epidural