Multiple randomized control studies have found that the presence of a trained doula benefits everyone. The studies have consistently shown that doula care is associated with shorter labors, less use of epidurals and other pain medications, lower episiotomy rates, and as much as a 50% reduction in the C-section rate. Research has also shown better clinical outcomes for both the birthing person and the baby (including fewer admissions to neonatal special care units, better breastfeeding rates, and better family bonding). A doula also provides care for the birth partner and other family members, assists busy hospital staff, saves money, and greatly increases an overall satisfaction of the birthing experience.
No. A doula provides no medical or nursing care. Since the Doula doesn’t have medical responsibilities, or other patients to attend to, they can provide complete attention to being by a laboring person’s side for the entire length of their labor.
A doula doesn’t replace anyone. They are another member of the birth team and supports everyone in their own role. A doula’s presence helps partners participate at their own comfort level, showing them how and when to use various comfort techniques, providing information, and in some cases, looking after them as well. Partners are often grateful to be able to share the “coaching” responsibility with someone more experienced and can therefore enjoy the birth experience more.
Yes. A doula’s presence is helpful during early labor and during the epidural placement process. They continue to care for the laboring individual and their family, offering emotional and informational support. And when it’s time to deliver the baby, the doula’s assistance can be invaluable.
Yes, having a C-section can still use a doula’s support. The doula may or may not be in the operating room, depending on the wishes of the family and the medical staff. Either way, the doula is still there for the new family in the recovery room.
Does a doula replace nursing 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 there to comfort and support the birthing individual and to enhance communication between the birth team and medical professionals.
What is your doula style?
I am DONA International trained, thus I am an evidence based doula with a relaxed, confident and straight forward style of communication. I consider myself to be a caring, nurturing and strong support partner while remaining a calm influence. Your birth goals are my birth goals and it is my job to support your birth 100%.