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What is a Doula?
The 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 physical, emotional and informational support before, during and just following birth.
A Birth Doula
» knows birth is a time for clients to cherish
» knows physiology of birth & emotions in labor
» helps clients to design/adhere to their birth plan
» stays with Mom throughout her labor
» facilitates info between clients & hospital staff
A Birth Doula also
» knows her role is to nurture, comfort & inform
» wants Mom's Partner to join in comfortably
» helps Mom with emotions & physical comfort
» helps Mom keep an objective viewpoint
Benefits Studies Show
» reduces cesarean section rate by 50%
» forceps & vacuum-assisted births down 40%
» shortens labor
» reduces need for epidural anesthesia by 60%
» reduces Oxytocin use by 40%
» Partner participation & confidence higher in birth
» Moms have a more satisfying birth experience