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What is a Birth Doula?
A birth doula is a trained experienced
professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and
informational support to the mother/partner before, during and just after birth.
Studies have shown that when birth doulas attend a
birth, labors are shorter, have fewer complications, less interventions, babies are
healthier, breastfeed easier, and mother's have a greater satisfaction with their birth experience.
DONA International describes a doula's role as:
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will always remember
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
- Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Why Hire a Doula?
When continuous labor support was provided by a doula, women experienced a:
- 50% reduction in cesarean
- 40% reduction in Pitocin use
- 60% reduction in epidural use
- 30% reduction in analgesia
- 40% reduction in operative delivery (vacuum/forceps)
- 25% shorter labor
- Resource: Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth, by Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus.
Is There Anything Doulas DON"T Do?
Doulas do NOT:
- Doulas are NOT medical professionals
- They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams, fetal heart monitoring, blood pressure, temperature
- They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
- They do not judge you for decisions that you make
- They do not let their biases get in the way of caring for you
- They do not take over the role of your partner
- They do not deliver the baby
- They do not change shifts
- Resource: Evidence-Based Birth