1. Clinical studies show that doulas make a difference.
- Are more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth – that is, without cesarean sections or forceps delivery
- Are more likely to recount birth as a positive experience
- Have shorter labors
- Are less likely to use epidurals and other pharmaceutical pain medications
- Are less likely to have babies with low 5-minute Apgar scores
2. Your doula works for you.
- Your doula’s sole focus throughout your labor is to tend to the physical and emotional needs of yourself and your partner. Because your doula is employed directly by you, rather than the hospital or birthing center, her only interest is supporting you in achieving your desired birth experience.
3. Your doula supports your partner in supporting you.
- Doulas recognize that the support a mother receives from her loved ones plays a critical role in creating a positive birth experience. Many people feel that if they have a supportive partner, they have no need for a doula; others express concern that a doula will replace their partner in labor. Part of a doula’s job is to encourage your partner to be as involved as he/she desires. A doula is there to guide your partner in meeting your needs throughout labor. Your doula is also there to make sure the needs of your partner are met (by reassuring them that things are progressing normally, by making sure they have that much needed cup of coffee, or by encouraging them to snag a quick meal or nap).
4. Doulas have skills.
- In labor your doula will draw upon a variety of techniques such as positioning suggestions, massage, acupressure, relaxation cues and guided breathing. Depending on training, doulas utilize a wide assortment of tools and skill sets – you can interview several doulas to find out what each has to offer.
5. Doulas have resources.
- Doulas are experienced in the birthing process and can help you explore your options while working with you to create a plan for your ideal birth experience. Your doula will be able to provide you with reading materials and information to aid you in your decision making throughout pregnancy.
6. Doulas believe in birth.
- Doulas know that childbirth is a normal process which has been occurring since the dawn of man. We trust that your body is well made for bringing your baby into the world, and we know that your birth experience matters – for you, your baby, and your partner.
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