About Doula Care

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labours are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

 

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth  
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level

If your partner is your right hand in labour, then your Doula is your left!
-Jill Simpson

 

Why use a Doula?

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth

  • tends to result in shorter labours with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one's childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labour-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the mother's request for pain medication and/or epidurals


Research shows parents who receive support can:

  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Have less postpartum depression
  • Have lower incidence of abuse

 

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