What are the benefits of hiring a Birth Doula?
I believe every woman deserves a Doula and every family can benefit from the continuous physical, psychological and emotional support a Birth Doula provides throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum journey.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at a birth tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications, reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience, reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesarean births and reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals.
But a Doula is so much more than what a clinical study can convey. A Doula is someone to call in pregnancy when you’ve been googling and can’t find the answer to a question (or better yet, someone to call before you hit google, because you know that can be a bad idea). A Doula is someone you develop a bond with, can release your fears to and talk to about your dream birth. A Doula will hold your hand and help you feel safe when the sensations are strong. A Doula is someone who can show your potentially scared partner how to get more involved and reassure them that the noises you’re making are completely normal. A Doula visits you at home, talks about your birth for the potentially 100th time (and loves it) and helps you navigate those tricky, early days of parenting a newborn.
The benefit of a Birth Doula much outweighs the cost when it comes to one of the most important days in your life… A day you will remember above most.