What is a Doula?
The Doula model of care brings back the ancient tradition of woman-to-woman support
during the birthing time. Doulas have skills to encourage fetal rotation & descent,
labor progression, and keep Dad engaged & Mom's spirits up.
A Doula focuses on:
Helping Dad to support Mom
Preparing Mom to labor confidently
Creating the laboring space - peace, confidence, oxytocin-rich environment
Offering continuous suggestions & ideas during all stages of labor
Encouraging communication between parents and their birth team
Supporting Mom's birth wishes & helping her achieve them
What happens when Doulas attend births?
From a recent Cochrane Review: "Continuous support in labour increased the chance of a spontaneous vaginal birth, had no harm, and women were more satisfied."
Having a Doula decreases the overall:
cesarean rate by 50%
length of labor by 25%
use of Pitocin to speed up labor by 40%
requests for an epidural by 60%
requests for other pain medications by 30%
fewer complications and use of tools such as forceps