Doula Support- What is a Doula?
A Doula Supported Birth
If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it- Dr. John H Kennell
Doula is Greek and literally means Women Helper. The services of a doula varies not only by doula, but also by client. Doulas tailor their support to meet the needs of the women and family that they are working with.
A doula is most generally an experienced birth attendant, someone who is able to support you through your pregnancy and labour, easing the transition into motherhood.
- Providing information regarding birth choices (procedures, care provider, etc)
- Emotional support (during pregnancy birth and after)
- Birth support (massage, emotional support, labor coaching, acupressure, natural pain relief etc)
- Taking photos during labor, and after the birth
- Helping to clean up if at a home birth
- Helping to establish breastfeeding
After the birth a doula can still be of assistance for:
- Helping with cooking and cleaning
- Giving Mum a break to look after herself for a bit
- Helping take care of older children
- Ongoing emotional support for mothers
- 50% decrease in caesarean sections
- 25% decrease in use of forceps
- 40% decrease in use of oxytocin to speed up labour
- 60% decrease in the use of epidurals
- 30% decrease in use of pain medication
For research that has been conducted on the benefits of having a doula, please visit the Research page.