Why a Doula
You may have heard or seen the term doula bouncing around the internet, your doctor's office or your pregnancy books. You may be wonder what a doula is, or what they may do, and why you should invest in having one. Doulas are there to support both mom and her partner. You’ll meet many people of your care team, like doctors and nurses. You won’t see much of your doctor during labor, and nurses don't usually have the time to support and help mom cope with labor. Doulas assist with pain management and comfort, and emotional support for you and your partner.
So what is a Doula? A birth Doula is a trained labor support person that assists with pain management during labor, emotional and physical support to mom and partner, and offers evidence-based information to help a parent make an informed decision during labor and delivery. We DO NOT deliver babies. We do not replace your partner, but rather offer additional assistance to you both.
Reduce the likelihood of cesarean
Offer breaks to the partner
Provide needed resources in your community
Provide breastfeeding support
Coach you through the labor process
Less medical interventions
Better overall birth experience
Pain management techniques