Birth Doula Services

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Birth Doula Services

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Doula Statistics 

How will a doula help me?
There have been many studies and research done on how a doula can help you while in labor:
- There tends to be shorter labor with fewer complications
- Reduces negative feeling about one's childbirth experience and reinforce positive, uplifting memories
- Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug) forceps, or vacuum extraction
- Reduces the request for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of cesareans

What effects does the doula have on a mother?
With a doula present at a womans labor and birth, more mothers have reported back with a positive birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical interventions, and less postpartum depression.

What effects does the doula have on a baby?
Studies have shown that babies born with doulas present tend to have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries, breastfeed more easily and have more affectionate mothers in the postpartum period.

How do doulas practice?
Doulas practice in 3 ways: privately hired directly by clients, as hospital employees, and as volunteers in community or hospital programs.

Does a doula replace nursing/medical staff?
No. Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care.  They are to comfort and support the mother and to enhance communication between the mother and medical professionals. 

Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?
A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care.  She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a mother's decisions.

Will a doula make my partner feel unnecessary?
No, a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable.