Why hire a Birth Doula?

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Doulas accompany women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience.  A doula draws upon her knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and information needed to make informed decisions as they arise in labor.  A dola can provide reassurance and perspective to the laboring woman and her partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning, and other techniques for comfort.  A doula is independent and self- employed.  She works for you, and not your care provider or hospital. 

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
  • reduces the requests for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of cesareans
  • women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention, and less postpartum depression.

Additionally, studies have shown that babies born with doulas present tend to have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries, breastfeed more easily and have more affectionate mothers in the postpartum period.