What is a Doula?
A professionally trained support companion who provides continuous emotional, physical, and educational support to mothers who are expecting, laboring, or has recently given birth.
Various types of doulas include but are not limited to: Birth Doulas, Antepartum Doulas and Postpartum Doulas.
A doula offers support in various settings including hospitals, birthing centers, home births or operative births and can actively support you whether you have decided on a medicated, unmedicated or delayed medicated birth.
Our focus is to help women and families achieve a safe, memorable, empowering and satisfying birth experience. We work to understand your needs and feasibly fulfill your birthing wishes.
Otherwise known as Labor Coaches; Doulas assist in advocating for mom, stimulating oxytocin production during labor, helping fathers navigate effective ways to be included and provide assistance during labor, implementing comfort techniques to help ease the pain of contractions and partners in harmony with the entire birth team to provide care and improve the birth experience for the good of mom and baby. A doula does NOT replace a partner, but are there to support the partners just as much.
A recent Cochrane review showed a huge increase of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present during childbirth. Many studies show that having a doula on your birth team "decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%". (American Pregnancy Association)