I am so excited that you are considering doula support for your upcoming birth! Doula care was essential to me while I was giving birth to our two children and I am honored to be able to provide that level of care to other expectant families.
A birth doula is a professional birth companion trained and experienced in birth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to expectant parents before, during, and immediately after childbirth. The word "doula" comes from an ancient Greek word meaning "a woman who serves" or "a woman's slave." The role has existed for thousands of years, although the profession is recent.
Among the many benefits of doula care, women cared for by a doula, as compared to women receiving usual care, are 26% less likely to have a cesarean, 41% less likely to require vacuum or forceps delivery, 28% less likely to request pain medication, and 33% less likely to be dissatisfied or negatively rate their birth experience (Klaus, Kennell & Klaus. (2002). The Doula Book. Cambridge: Addison-Wesley.). For the partner, the doula can help him or her stay more emotionally involved with the laboring mom rather than have to remember the entire childbirth class during labor.
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