Why Use a Doula?
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to the medical care and the love and companionship by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
*Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
*Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
*Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extractions or cesareans
*Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidural
Research shows parents who receive support can:
*Feel more secure and cared for are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
*Have greater success with breastfeeding
*Have greater self confidence
*Have less postpartum depression
*Have lower incidence of abuse