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!
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