Expecting Miracles Doula Services

 

 

What is a Doula?


The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

 

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.


A Birth Doula:

  • Provides continuous support throughout labour, birth, and early postpartum.
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level 
  • A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA).


Benefits of Having a Doula at Your Birth:

  • up to a 50% reduction in C-section rates
  • up to a 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • approximately 25% reduction in the length of labor
  • over 30% reduction in narcotic pain relief requests
  • increased maternal satisfaction with birth experience
  • iIncreased breastfeeding success
  • increased mother-baby bonding
  • lower postpartum depression

Further reading (studies and evidence to support the benefits listed above):


Evidence Based Birth: The Evidence for Doulas

Childbirth Connection: Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth

Childbirth Connection: Best Evidence Labour Support

 

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