A doula is a trained caregiver who provides physical and emotional support to a mother during labor and afterward. Doulas provide continuous care, unlike doctors and nurses that keep coming and going from the room. Doulas are trained in many different comfort techniques such as massage, acupressure, positioning and more, all to help mom throughout labor. But doulas aren't only there to provide support to mothers; they are there to support the partner as well. As doulas, we encourage the partner to take an active role in the comfort of the mother, and we are there to support and comfort both.
What is a postpartum doula?
A postpartum doula provides non medical physical, emotional and informational support after the birth of your baby. Doulas help with self-care recovery, postpartum comfort measures, infant care (including bathing, feeding, safety issues, and swaddling), parenting information, and provide assistance with learning to feed and take care of your baby. They can also provide breastfeeding support, if something is beyond their scope, they can refer you to a lactation consultant. Practical support can include preparing simple meals and snacks, getting frequent drinks, and answering the phone and door if desired. The tasks doulas provide each day will depend on the priorities discussed by all parties before beginning services and on your particular needs that day.
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Why hire a doula?
Reduction in the cesarean rate
Reduction in epidural requests
Reduction in oxytocin use
Reduction in anesthesia use
Reduction in forceps delivery
Six weeks after birth, mothers who had doulas were:
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