What is a doula?
   
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves". Currently it is used to refer to a nonmedical person who provides a pregnant woman and her partner emotional, physical, and informational support throughout her pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum journey. 
    
What do doulas do?
  • Provides emotional support.
  • Offers information so clients can make informed choices during pregnancy, labor and birth.
  • Uses comfort measures: relaxation, breathing, movement, positioning, etc. to help mom cope with labor
  • Reassures and comforts the mother during the labor and birth process
  • Empowers mother and partner advocate for their wishes.
  • Our primary concern is with the mother, but we strive to include and comfort partners as well!
        
What does evidence say?
The use of a doula leads to...
 
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
28% decrease in the risk of C-section
12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience