Labor and Birth Doula Services

 

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What is a Doula?

A doula offers continuous emotional, physical, and informational support throughout pregnancy and birth. A doula is not a medical practitioner. Doulas are trained in massage, breathing, and other comfort techniques to help with labor. Through touch, praise, reassurance and guidance, a doula works to keep the mother and partner relaxed and focused. 

As defined by DONA International, a doula…

  • recognizes childbirth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
  • understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth
  • provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint
  • stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the labor
  • helps the woman get the information she needs to make thoughtful choices, both before and during the labor
  • facilitates communication between the laboring woman and the clinical care providers
  • works to nurture and protect the woman’s memory of her birth experience.

Why should you have a doula?

  • 25% shorter labors
  • 45% fewer cesareans
  • 40% fewer epidurals
  • 30-50% decrease in the need for forceps, vacuum extraction, and pitocinKlaus et al. “The Doula Book”, Da Capo Lifelong Books; 3rd Edn , 2012

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