Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter,
with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and breastfeed more easily.
Evidence-based research shows that the most important factor in healthy, positive birth outcomes is for women to have continuous labor support from someone– a nurse, midwife, partner, or doula. However, research suggests that doula-attended births have the most optimal of all birth outcomes. No less important is the role of postpartum doula. The transition to parenthood and caring for a new baby is intense and support is crucial. Postpartum doulas are an incredible resource in ensuring the optimal health, nutrition, comfort, and care for a new family. Dedicated Doulas is committed to supporting new families in having the most supported, empowered, healthy births and postpartum experiences possible.
"Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life." - Ina May Gaskin
There are many benefits, for both the expectant mother and the unborn baby, to have a Doula. Not only will a Doula provide the expectant mother with valuable information and support throughout her pregnancy, labor, delivery, and immediately postpartum, but the Doula will also be able to stay with the laboring mother her labor and delivery, something a Doctor cannot afford to do since he has many patients, so she will have that support person with her from start to finish while helping her to relax, get into positions, and do movements to help her labor progress in the most soothing transitional ways possible for the mother. For the baby, it can afford a quicker labor with fewer complications, and the ability to breastfeed more easily.
Many birth companions, whether they be the baby's father, a family member, or friend, don't know what to do while they watch the laboring mother labor and deliver. This can be quite distressing to them at times as they may feel helpless as they are unsure of what they can do to help the expectant mother as she progresses. They may even have some fears of their own for the unborn baby and mother. A Doula can be a welcome addition to the labor & delivery room because she can guide the birth companion as to what is occurring and what active role they can play and be a positive part of the labor and delivery. A Doula can also remain with the expectant mother while the birth companion gets some much needed rest, if needed, as well so they are at their best when the expectant mother needs them most, at delivery.
Shorter labors, healthier deliveries, and better overall health in labor and delivery issues for mothers and newborn babies are all benefits of using a Doula.
A Doula is someone who provides non-judgmental, emotional, physical, and informational support during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum.
The physical support a Doula provides goes as far as providing information and helping with positions, movement, and relaxation nstead she informs and supports the expectant mother and labor companion, if there is one, during the course of pregnancy, and she supports and assists them during labor, delivery, and sometimes a few hours after delivery.
The most important responsibility of a Doula is to bring with her understanding, compassion, and faith in the body and mind of a woman. The Doula knows what is typical and she knows how to provide for each woman she is supporting while allowing that woman to birth her baby her own way while feeling empowered and nurtured as a new mother. Virtually every culture in the world throughout most of history has had some form of support system in place to help women and their families through this transitional period of their lives. In our society, the Doula fills this gap to support the expectant mother and her labor companion.
A Doula does not perform any medical tasks. She cannot monitor the baby, dispense medications, perform internal exams, start an IV, deliver the baby, nor can she carry out any other clinical tasks. You will still need an Obstetrician or MIdwife for those.