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.



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