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The Doulas Role in Labor and Delivery for Mothers and Doulas to Be

Updated on February 05, 2015
Throughout history woman have supported each other during childbirth
Throughout history woman have supported each other during childbirth
A Doula is a vital part of birth and comfort for the mother to be
A Doula is a vital part of birth and comfort for the mother to be
Providing comfort measures such as massage are one of the specialties of a Doula
Providing comfort measures such as massage are one of the specialties of a Doula

What is a Doula?

A Doula Guides and supports the mother and her partner through labor and birth. Doulas are trained in providing emotional support, physical comfort measures and non clinical information. There have been a number of studies on the positive effects of Doulas' at births they have been shown to help lower cesarean rates at some of the hospitals with high cesarean statistics. Woman who had Doula support during labor report a more positive experience and a greater sense of well being during the postpartum period.

Pioneer Doula and Author of "The Birth Partner" Penny Simpkin lists numerous advantages of having a Doula.

  • Help the mother apply what she learned in childbirth classes. This is especially helpful during an unpredictable or stressful labor.
  • Doula provides continuous care (that nurses and doctors can rarely provide) to the mother so dad or other caregivers can grab a snack, a nap or a break.
  • The Doula is an expert "fetcher" bringing beverages, hot towels, cold packs,or ice so dad or partner can remain with the mother.
  • The Doula gives insite into the progress of labor or help in understanding what the mother is feeling.
  • Sometimes the father or birth partner feels pressure to "do the right thing" in a unfamiliar time. The Doula offers support in this area and can take the pressure off so the partner can participate more comfortably.
  • The Doula gets to know the families she is assisting and discovers your priorities, fears and concerns while helping you come up with ways of dealing.

Birth is a beautiful and sacred event in a families life.
Birth is a beautiful and sacred event in a families life.
Doula offering physical and emotional support to a laboring woman.
Doula offering physical and emotional support to a laboring woman.

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      christine Dennis 5 years ago

      I couldn't have done it without my doula:))

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      lamblady 5 years ago

      I would love to become a Doula! Seems such a wise and worthy profession!

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