© 2017 by S. Harmon

What is a Doula?

Doo-Lah
Greek origin: a woman who serves

a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

Numerous scientific trials examining Doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. 

It has been proven that Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.

How Doulas Make a Difference in Modern Maternity Care

Research shows that women who use  Doula are:
  • less likely to need Pitocin
  • less likely to have a cesarean birth
  • less likely to use any pain medication
  • more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively
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What does a Doula offer?

Physical Support

Position ideas for comfort and labor progression cross over with hands-on comfort measures like comforting touch, counter pressure, breathing techniques and other “Doula jewels” for families. A Doula’s skilled hands and positioning tools can often help a malpositioned baby find its way through the pelvis and into the birthing parent’s arms.

Emotional Support

Doulas help families to feel supported, easing the emotional experience of birth and also helping to create a space where the hormones of labor can work at their best. Whether a birth is completely unmediated or medically very complex, every family can benefit from nurturing and connection at this tender, incredible time in their lives.

Partner Support

Whether it’s a romantic partner, a friend or another family member like the baby’s grandma, the birth partner’s experience matters in birth.  

Doulas are there to support every birth partner in being as involved as they’d like with the birth. Physical and emotional support make a huge difference for everyone involved.

Evidence-Based Information and Advocacy

I am trained to help families connect with evidence-based resources so they can ask great questions and make informed decisions about their births. We serve as a bridge of communication between women and their providers, lifting them up to help them find their voices and advocate for the very best care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All families benefit with a Doula on their team!

Source:DONA.org

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