What is a doula?
A doula is a non medical support person who tends to the needs of a laboring mother. Her focus to to provide comfort measures, emotional support, and information. Doulas do not replace partners, but instead offer guidance through experience attending labors.
Statistics about Doulas
- 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
- 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
- 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
- 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
- 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
- 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
- These statistics are from www.evidencebasedbirth.com
INFORMATION AND ADVOCACY
- Facilitates communication within your birth team
- Helps with education of physiological and emotional aspects of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum
- Access to vetted references and referrals
- Aid you in finding answers and resources based on your needs
- Position changes
- Aroma therapy
- Emotional support
- And so much more based on your needs during labor!