What is a doula?
A doula is a support person during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. We assist families by providing knowledge to make informed decisions, understanding and trusting the processes of birth and helping to meet the emotional and physical needs of a woman throughout labor.
Why do I need a doula?
Midwives and drs are amazing people but they have other tasks and medical obligations to take care of. As a doula it is our sole purpose to enhance the emotional, physical and mental state of the laboring woman and partner. We provide constant support from the time we are called to after baby is born.
With a doula you have:
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
28% decrease in the risk of C-section
12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Why do I need a doula if I have my partner?
A partner is an essential support person to the laboring woman. However, your partner will also need to take some time for themselves to provide the support you need. Most partners have limited knowledge about the process of birth or possible medical procedures where as doulas have extensive knowledge and experience. Doulas and partners can work together to make up an ideal labor support team.
Can a doula perform medical tasks?
No, a doula cannot perform any medical tasks. We are purely there to support, educate, and comfort.