What Doulas Do
A doula is a professional, trained labor support person. They provide physical, emotional, and partner support to women before, during, and after they labor as well as into postpartum time. Additionally, the provide evidence-based information to women and their partners and can facilitate conversations between birthing women and their care providers. Doulas have been around for thousands of years supporting women and their families during this transformative time in their lives, but only recently has research been done to demonstrate the powerful impact trained labor support individuals can have on a women’s childbirth experience.
Why Hire a Doula
According to Doulas of North America (DONA), usage of doulas has been shown to:
Decrease Cesarean section rates
Reduce use of medications, including Pitocin, during labor
Increase satisfaction with birth experience