WHY HAVE A DOULA AT YOUR BIRTH?
There are complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care from your doctor/midwife and the love and companionship provided by your partner, you'll need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. You'll need individualized care based on your circumstances and preferences. Your partner/spouse/support people benefit too. They can be ever more present for you and love more fully when they too are supported.
A doula can provide this. Doulas are educated and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period. We are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and informational support to expecting parents during labor and birth, and provide support and guidance in the weeks following childbirth. We offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make families feel nurtured and cared for.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
-tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
-reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
-reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
-reduces amount of 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
“Quite simply, hiring one cuts in half the odds of you having an unnecessary cesarean…In the typical U.S. birthing unit, the doula you bring with you may be the only person whose sole responsibility is to make you more comfortable and to help you labor as effectively as possible."
-Ina Mae Gaskin
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