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 continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
- DONA International
Why have a Doula at your birth?
Studies of laboring women who are attended by a Doula have:
- A higher satisfaction with birth experience
- Improved communication with medical team
- Shorter labor
- Reduced levels of fear and anxiety
- Lower cesarean birth rates
- Reduced need for vacuum or forceps assistance
- Reduced pain meds and epidural rate
- Lower level of stress hormones
- Higher rate of successful breastfeeding
- Lower rate of postpartum depression
- Improved parent-baby bonding