What is a Birth Doula?
What is a doula?
A doula is someone who provides a woman continuous emotional support, physical comfort, encouragement and wisdom throughout labor and birth. She helps a woman prepare and carry out her plans for birth. A doula does not replace a doctor or midwife, nor is a doula intended to replace a husband. A doula is someone who works alongside these two valuable people, forming a support team, and enhancing your birth experience.
Is a doula used only for natural childbirth?
Absolutely not! A doula is used whether you choose a natural birth, medicated birth, or cesarean birth. A doula supports you through the birth you want.
Why use a doula?
Clinical studies have shown women who use doulas tend to have shorter labors and fewer complications. There is also a reduction in the need for Pitocin (drugs), epidurals, forceps, vacuum extraction and cesarean section surgery.
Does a doula make decisions for me?
No. A doulas job is to inform and educate you, and allow you to make your own decisions. A doula will then help you execute your decision. A doula will never come between you and your health care provider.