As your doula, you can expect me to:
What is a doula?
The word doula comes from ancient Greek and now refers to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support before, during, and just after childbirth."*
Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, and babies are healthier and breastfeed more easily.
Below are some statistics from nine nationwide studies over 18 years showing how doulas improve the birth experience by consistently reducing hospital stays and the need for certain medical procedures.
With a doula, a mother is:
In addition, a doula typically saves the mother 1-2 hours of labor and she leaves the medical center 6-8 hours earlier.
*(Klaus, Kennell, Klaus, in Mothering the Mother)
Choosing a support person for your birth is a very personal matter. I do encourage you to contact me so we can discuss your individual needs and desires for doula care.
Evan & Amber 2009
Melissa & Michael 2006