When a laboring woman's emotional, mental, and physical needs are met, she will feel empowered and positive about her birth experience.
A Doula provides the education and mentorship, as well as the support needed to encourage this empowerment.
Births assisted by Doulas result in more positive birth perceptions and outcomes.
A Doula is a trained and experienced birth professional who provides the pregnant woman and her family with continuous emotional support, physical comfort and education before, during and after childbirth.
A Doula strives to facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her family and her clinical care providers.
A Doula perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience.
Doulas strive to enhance the role and participation of the partner and family members by modeling supportive and helpful behavior during labor. A Doula strives to draw loved ones closer.
THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A DOULA
Researchers Kennell and Klaus et. al. found in six studies:
Cesareans down 50%
Length of labor down 25%
Pitocin down 40%
Forceps down 40%
Epidurals reduced by 60%
THE IMPACT OF A DOULA ON LABOR AND EARLY PARENTING:
(Adapted by Penny Simkin,
Positive labor perception
SUPPORT IN LABOR FROM A DOULA ENCOURAGES:
Positive family bonding
Perception of choice
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