I am no longer a working doula but would be happy to answer any questions.
A birth doula provides ongoing information, emotional and physical support to women before birth, during labor and birth and in the immediate postpartum period.
Women supported by a doula frequently report a significant decrease in the length of labor, the perception of pain and the need for anesthesia or analgesia as well as fewer cesarean sections.
A doula can help:
• Provide comfort measures during labor: massage, breathing techniques, positioning, visualization and more
• Prepare birth plan and questions for your care provider
• Increase breastfeeding success rate
• Provide childbirth education
• Involve your partner in your labor and delivery experience
With a doula you can have up to*
• 50% reduction in the cesarean rate
• 25% shorter labor
• 60% reduction in epidural requests
• 40% reduction in oxytocin use
• 30% reduction in analgesia use
• 40% reduction in forceps delivery
*Information was obtained from Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth, Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).nc