what is a doula? what does a doula do? why do I need a doula?
If you are asking yourself these questions, you are not alone! A doula is a person that a pregnant woman or expecting family may hire as additional birth support and coaching.
Studies have shown that a doula has great benefits to a laboring woman and her perception of her birth. A doula is most effective when they are a professionally trained doula rather than a family member or nurse with free hands. This means that a your mother or favorite nurse, no matter how helpful they are, doesn’t have the same positive impact that a doula can.
Why should you hire a doula? There are so many physical and emotional benefits to hiring a doula, many of them documented by research.
- A doula can increase confidence in the woman, not just during labor, but after
- A doula during labor increases breastfeeding rates at six weeks postpartum
- Increases chances of spontaneous childbirth (decreases chances of induction)
- Lower cesarean section rates
- Lower chances of medication during labor
- Faster labors
- Higher five-minute APGAR scores in the infant
- Less likely to have any sort of medical intervention
These are just the documented benefits of hiring a doula. Couples find that doulas have an amazing impact on the birth and help not just mom, but her partner too.