I offer both birth & postpartum doula support. You can read about how I became a doula in the About Me section HERE.I am going to talk about what a doula is, the benefits, what doulas do NOT do, and hopefully answer a lot of your questions.
What is a birth doula?
A doula is a TRAINED NON-MEDICAL companion who supports an individual through pregnancy, labor, birth, & early postpartum. This video goes into a little more detail. OR you can read my blog on all things doula found HERE.
Benefits of Having a Doula
- 39% DECREASE in risk of cesarean
- 15% INCREASE in likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth
- 10% DECREASE in the use of ANY medications for pain relief
- 38% DECREASE in the baby’s risk of a low five minute APGAR Score
- 31% DECREASE in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
- SHORTER Labor
Bohren MA, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Fukuzawa RK, Cuthbert A. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017;7(7):CD003766. Published 2017 Jul 6. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub6
What does a doula NOT do??
A doula is NOT a healthcare professional. Therefore we do not do any sort of medical tasks like taking fetal heart rate or even mother’s temperature. I want to make sure that you understand that I am different from a doctor or a nurse and even a midwife. We also do NOT speak to your healthcare providers in your place. We do help you find your own voice through information & support.