What is a doula?
The Greek word δούλα means a “woman who serves.” This word defines the nature of a doula’s work, the loyal and humble demeanour that comes with being a birth worker. For many centuries, women have been serving women through childbirth. In modern times, doulas provide individualized emotional, physical, and educational support to birthers, all without bias or judgement. Doulas empower birthers to be advocates for their own birth experience, to discover and realize their natural abilities with confidence, making them a valuable addition to any birth.
Will my partner feel left out?
Absolutely not! Doulas are not exclusive to the birthing person. In fact, having the partner play an active role in birth helps to create a cohesive team and a positive environment for everyone.
In the birth space, partners typically have a lot of pressure to handle everything within and outside of the birthing world. With a doula, partners can feel assured that the birther will never be left alone, allowing them to catch a second wind or update family.
What are the benefits?
It’s no debate that doulas can be a beneficial addition to your birth team. Welcoming a doula into your birth experience can result in:
25% shorter labours
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in forceps delivery
50% reduction in cesarean rate
Better chances of successful latching and breastfeeding
Reduced incidence of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders