Do I need a Doula?

It is never too early or too late in your pregnancy to hire a birth doula!

What is a Doula?

A Doula is a labor coach.

A Doula is a support person.

A Doula believes in your ability to give birth however you feel is right.

A Doula is non-judgmental, and supports you in whatever ways you need.

A Doula supports the partner, so they can be the best support they can be.

A Doula understands that birth is a physiological process.

A Doula can provide emotional, physical and logistical support to mothers and families.

A Doula protects and holds the memory of this experience for the mother and family.

What can a Doula do for me?

Studies have shown that women supported by a Doula during labor have:

50% reduction in cesarean birth

25% shorter labor

60% reduction in epidural requests

40% reduction in Pitocin use

30% reduction in analgesia use

40% reduction in foreceps delivery

-Klaus, Kennell, & Klaus,
The Doula Book 2003

Improving Birth Doula Fact Sheet – Here is a document you can print out and give to your healthcare providers to begin the conversation about why you are considering a Doula, and how they can can be helpful.

Birth Doula Benefits:

FAQ about birth doulas –> DONA International

The Value of a Birth Doula – Expectant Mothers Guide

20 Reasons You Should Hire a Doula – Mothering.com

From The American Pregnancy Association – Having a Doula – Is a Doula for Me?

The Evidence for Doulas? – Evidence Based Birth

Doulas at Birth – What Is a Doula And Why Do So Many Women Want One?   – By Kelly Winder

Why Having a Doula at Your Birth Is Important – PregnancyBeat.com

do you need a doula? – a personal reflection

The Benefits of Hiring a Doula for Your Birth – The Feminist Breeder

I Challenge you to a Doula! – A Dad’s perspective

10 Reasons to Hire a Birth Doula – JustMommies.com

How Fathers Benefit From Hiring a Doula – PregnancyBeat.com

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Postpartum Doula Services:

FAQ about postpartum doulas –> DONA International

From The American Pregnancy Association – Postpartum Doula

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