What is a Doula?:The word "doula" is ancient Greek meaning "A woman who serves" which today refers to professionals specially trained to give informational, emotional and physical support to women during childbirth. A doula does not perform a medial task, but provides uninterrupted support to mother in labor, during her birth and through the immediate postpartum period.
Why a Doula?Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter and have fewer complications, babies are healthier and breastfeed easier.
*Recent controlled trials including over 1,000 women demonstrate that the presence of a Doula results in...
50% decrease in cesarean sections
25% decrease in length of labor
30% decrease in use of forceps
40% decrease in use of oxytocin
60% decrease in use of epidurals
30% decrease in pain medication
*Complied from Mothering the Mother by Klaus, Kennell and Klaus
In addition, the long term benefits of a Doula include...
Decreased Postpartum Depression
Better Maternal Satisfaction
Better Mother - Infant Interaction