What is a doula?
A doula is defined as “as a professional labor assistant who provides physical and emotional support to you and your partner during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.”
Today, doulas are support persons for the entire birth spectrum, including pregnancy, labor/delivery, and postpartum. They are advocates for women, children, and families. Doulas complement a medical team, but they do not provide clinical diagnosis to their clients.
Doulas have been proven to improve the pregnancy, labor, and delivery outcomes of their clients. Having a doula in the birth room provides these benefits:
- Decreases rate of C-Section by 50%
- Decreases length of labor by 25%
- Decreases use of oxytocin by 40%
- Decreases requests of epidural by 60%