You may be wondering what a doula can do to make a difference in your labor.
Doulas provide continuous care and support throughout labor and delivery. They are available prenatally to help the mother (and partner) prepare for the type of birth desired. After the birth, the doula can assist with initial transitions and help the new family access any needed support.
Research has shown that having doula support can reduce the need for interventions during labor and increase the mother’s feelings of satisfaction with the birth experience.
Specifically, having doula labor support has been shown to*:
- Decrease need for a cesarean section by 50%
- Decrease duration of the labor by 25%
- Decrease requests for interventions such as epidurals (by 60%) and pain medications (by 30%)
- Decrease need for other interventions such as Pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) by 40% and the need to use forceps by 40%
- Increase mother’s sense of self-esteem and decrease the rate of postpartum depression six weeks after the birth
- Increase continuation of breastfeeding six weeks after the birth
Our doulas will help you gather information in preparation for your ideal birth and will support you throughout the birthing process and immediate postpartum period.
*from Klaus, Kennell and Klaus (1993) referenced in the article Doula Care: An Age-Old Process Meets the 20th Century by Naomi Bromberg Bar-Yam (IJCE 18(4) p.18-20)