Are you wondering how you will handle labor and birth? Do you and your partner need help navigating all the nuances of pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum? Do you feel you need an experienced person to guide you through this time in your life? Do you want someone with you that can provide evidenced-based information?
A doula provides all those things, and more...
A doula provides undivided, continuous labor support for you and your partner. The doula does not replace your partner, but complements them. The doula provides physical support such as offering drinks, a back rub, counter pressure, use of the rebozo and birth ball, massage, reassurance, and a break for your partner, if they require it. They offer evidenced-based educational information and answers your questions. They facilitate communication with the hospital staff providing the necessary information that you need to make informed choices. Doulas support you as a newly birthed parent to ensure a positive birth experience that will last a life time. Birth doulas provide the comfort a laboring person requires 100% of the time.
Hiring a doula is an investment in your short term and long term physical and emotional health during labor, birth, and the postpartum period. A doula doesn't replace your medical provider such as an OB, nurse, or midwife, husband/partner, or any other family member present. The doula is a complement to your birth team. They are a trained labor support person that provides emotional, physical, and informational support during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum.
I am a certified birth doula, and can provide you with all the services you need to assist you in making informed choices and have a satisfying birth!
Based on six studies, "the presence of a doula reduces:
- the overall cesarean rate by 50%
- length of labor by 25%
- oxytocin use by 40%
- pain medication by 30%
- the need for forceps by 40%
- requests for epidurals by 60%"
From Mothering the Mother by Klaus, Kennel, and Klaus