word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves"
and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who
provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to
the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides
emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer
complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. This information is courtesy of http://www.dona.org
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth result in: • 50% decrease in cesarean sections • 25% decrease in length of labor • 30% decrease in use of forceps • 40% decrease in use of oxcitocin • 60% decrease in use of epidurals • 30% decrease in use of pain medications (narcotics) • Improved breastfeeding • Decreased postpartum depression • Better mother-infant interaction (see www.dona.org for more info & studies)
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences. Doulas are educated and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period. We are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. We offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured and cared for.