Doula noun /ˈdo͞olə/
A birth doula is a woman, who is professionally trained to assist a woman during childbirth. This term comes from the ancient Greek and means “woman who serves”.
Doula support is for women and their families before, during and after your baby’s birth. As your doula, I’ll be there to help make your baby’s special birth the most empowering experience possible, that you will warmly remember for years to come.
A birth doula:
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life.
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor.
- 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.
What do the experts say about birth doulas?
ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) included this statement in their publication for safe prevention of the primary cesarean:
Evidence based birth says:
When continuous labor support was provided by a birth doula, women experienced a:
- 31% 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*
It is my passion to help you discover your hopes and dreams for your birth and then walk with you to see them through. This is your birth, your body, and your journey to meet your baby. You have a right to feel respected, heard, and supported. As your doula I will never push my opinions on you but will instead inform you of your options and then support you in your decisions. I happily support families that make any of the following birthing choices:
- home birth or hospital birth
- natural birth or medicated birth
- planned or unanticipated surgical birth
- a birthing environment that includes no extra support people or a party of support people