11 Benefits of a Doula
Doulas help shorten labor.
Laboring mothers report being more relaxed and calm during childbirth with a doula present.
Mothers report a more positive birth experience.
Helps you deal with the unexpected during labor.
40% less likely to need Pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) to start or speed up labor.
30% decrease of the need of a Cesarean section.
Fewer births where forceps or vacuums are used.
60% less likely to ask for an epidural during birth.
Higher APGAR scores for babies (Heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, alertness)
Will help partner during birth as well.
Ensures you will make informed decisions during labor and delivery and immediate postpartum.
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As a Doula, I Do Not:
Perform any clinical tasks
This includes taking blood pressure, vaginal exams, finding a fetal heart rate. I am here to provide comfort and support.
Make decisions for you
I cannot make decisions for you on your behalf, or if you are uncomfortable making a decision. I will only provide you knowledge and research.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
I will discuss concerns with you and suggest options, as well as encourage you to voice your opinions.
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience
I will provide constant support in all your decisions as this is your pregnancy & birth
Act as the doctor or midwives.
I will not deliver the baby.