The Doulas Role in Labor and Delivery for Mothers and Doulas to Be
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.
Books about Doulas (For Mom's and Doulas alike)
Belly Cast Kit! Great for Showers!
Music for Labor
Learn More about Doulas
- CAPPA: Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association
Welcome to the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), the worlds largest childbirth education organization. CAPPA's mission is to offer comprehensive, evidence-based education, certification, professional membership and training
- DONA International Marketing Your Practice
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just