The World Health Organization recommends that all births are attended by a Doula

Women who receive continuous support from Doulas are more likely to have spontaneous vaginal birth.

 

Studies show that when you have Doula support you're less likely to have interventions and more likely to have a positive birth experience. Doulas are information resources in addition to supporting the birthing mother and family emotionally and physically. This support is especially important for birthing mothers and leads to feelings of pride and empowerment, which in turn raises positive birthing memories and experiences. This also helps to enhance the mothers emotional health and well-being.

Below is a list of some of the things a Doula will do for you:

  • Provide fact based information to help you make informed decisions regarding your birth
     

  • Discuss the differences between midwives and Obstetricians 
     

  • Help explain  home birth or hospital birth protocol
     

  • Come to your home to help you labour , and help you decide when its best to call the midwife or transfer to the hospital
     

  • Assist you with setting up your hospital room so you are comfortable
     

  • Assist with setting up your home for birth
     

  • Provide comfort with pain-relief techniques
    including breathing techniques, relaxation
    techniques, massage, and laboring positions

     

  • Encourage participation from the partner
    and offer reassurance

     

  • Provide breastfeeding guidance and support
     

  • Provide guidance on new born care

Did you know Studies have shown that having a Doula can lead to the following:

  • 17% decrease in the use of Pitocin*
     
  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section*
     
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*
     
  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
     
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns
    being admitted to a special care nursery

     
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being
    dissatisfied with the birth experience*

     

*2012, Hodnett et al. Read the study here:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23076901

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