What is a Birth Doula?
Doulas are non-medical care providers who supports the family during delivery emotionally and physically. They may be professionally trained and experienced in assisting and supporting expected parents through their pregnancy. The assistance of a birth doula provides mothers with a more fulfilling and memorable pregnant experience.
Doulas empower expected parents to have better control in the way they want to experience their pregnancy. Their knowledge of the labour and birthing process makes them a great companion during the pregnancy by being a fountain of information and knowledge, and by supporting and addressing concerns and fears.
As old as time and before there was doctors and hospitals, women were helping women thought childbirth, supporting each other, and helping each other to raise children.
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health
“… continuous support in labor from a trained doula, as doula care can decrease the likelihood of cesarean birth, epidural analgesia, and assisted vaginal birth. In addition, there is some emerging evidence suggesting that involving doulas in prenatal care can reduce rates of preterm birth.”