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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. 


Image courtesy of Hollie Wallis Photography

As a Doula, I Do Not:
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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. 

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