What is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek, meaning “a woman who serves.” Today, “doula” refers to a professional trained to provide emotional, physical and informational support to women throughout their pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
A birth doula is separate from the medical system and cannot perform medical procedures but is trained and primed in the protocol for childbirth with knowledge of female and baby physiology and experience in pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
Why should I hire a doula?
The biggest benefit of having a doula is that you have a woman who is trained and experienced with labour and birth, whose priority and sole job is to support you. A doula can also assist you with access to evidence-based information about your options and further explain medical procedures.
A doula understands the importance of birth and mothering as a journey of transformation. She will be your unwavering support and advocate during one of your most intimate, life changing experiences.
Studies show that doulas in the birth space reduce the need for medical intervention, meaning fewer caesareans and less need for pain medication. Labour is often shorter with a doula by moms' side and her risk of post-natal depression is decreased.
(Information found through Evidence Based Birth)
39% decrease in risk of caesarean
15% increase in likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth
10% decrease in the use of medication for pain relief
Shorter labor by 41 minutes on average
38% decrease in baby’s risk of low five-minute APGAR score
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Continuous labour support is an important and basic need for birthing people and research proves that having a doula increases birth rate satisfaction and lowers intervention rates.