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
Postpartum Doula Services:
FAQ about postpartum doulas –> DONA International
From The American Pregnancy Association – Postpartum Doula