Understanding that birth is one of the most memorable lifetime experiences, the doula sets out to preserve this birth experience as one that is as inspiring and richly rewarding as possible.
Each person involved in the care of the laboring woman contributes to her emotional well-being. However, doctors, nurses, and midwives are primarily responsible for the health and well-being of the mother and baby. Medical care providers assess the condition of the mother and baby, diagnose and treat complications as they arise, and focus on the safe delivery of the baby. These priorities take precedence over the non-medical psycho-social needs of a laboring woman. The doula helps to ensure that these needs are met while enhancing communication and understanding between woman or couple and their care providers. Along with her knowledge and objective perspective, a doula brings a loving human touch that contributes to a peaceful, respectful environment and a gentle beginning for you and your baby.
Clinical trials have demonstrated that the presence of a doula is associated with:
- Reduction of cesarean rates
- Reduction in vacuum and forceps use
- Less requests for pain medication and/or epidurals
- Shorter labor
- Reduction in oxytocin augmentation
- Lower newborn complications rates
- Reduction of maternal bleeding after birth
- Increased success with breastfeeding and mother-baby bonding
- Reduction in anxiety and postpartum depression
- Increased maternal satisfaction
A doula believes in the woman’s ability to birth her baby and understand her body. She helps the laboring woman to trust that her body knows exactly what to do to birth this baby. She will also assist you with breastfeeding to help ensure you and your baby have the very best start.