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The Birth Doula
Recognizes birth as a key experience in life. Bears witness and holds space for the transformation of your family with the belief that every birth is natural, regardless of the delivery method.
Ensures advocacy throughout pregnancy and delivery by making sure you have the information, resources and support you need. Works to facilitate communication between you, your partner and clinical care providers.
Offers emotional, physical and educational support for you and your partner throughout this intensely natural life event, as a chosen member of your labor support team. Works to enhance the partner’s role at his/her own comfort level.
Empowers your overall experience and birth story through individualized care. Works to offer genuine support that enhances your body’s innate strength and utilizes your body mechanics to your advantage.
In ancient history, the word “doula” derived from the greek meaning “a woman who serves.” It is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support before, during, and just after birth.
Evidence and Research
28% less likely to have a cesarean section
31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
9% less likely to use pain medication
34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively
More likely to give birth “spontaneously”
Statistically likely to feel less pain
Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. (2013). Cochrane Database of Systematic. Issue 7. Art. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub5/full