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4th September 2016

What is a Doula?

A doula (pronounced “doó la”, also known as a labour coach and originating from Ancient Greek) is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth. A doula provides emotional and physical support to the woman. This takes the form of comfort, reassurance and gentle touch. We have the wonderful privilege of supporting women when they are at their most vulnerable.

Interesting facts about the benefits of having a doula during labor are

Decreased:

  • Cesarean birth by 51%
  • Labor by 25%
  • Use of oxytocin  by 40%
  • Use of pain medication by 30%
  • Requests for epidural anesthesia by 60%
  • Feeding problems
  • Postpartum depression

After the baby is born

Increased:

  • Mothers are smiling, talking and touching the baby immediately after birth
  • Maternal interaction during first six weeks
  • Successful breastfeeding
  • Positive feelings toward husband/partner
  • Self-esteem

4th September 2016