What is a labor doula?
A labor doula attends the birthing family before, during and after the birth of that precious little one. The doula will help support the mother emotionally and ease the transitions between home and hospital as well as provider shifts at the hospital. A birth doula serves as an advocate, labor coach, educational resource, and support for both the mother and partner throughout the entire labor. Birthing women who choose to take advantage of the support of a childbirth doula are statistically less likely to have the need for medical interventions such as cesarean sections, and induction. These women often rate their birth experiences a more memorable and more positive experience than those who choose not to have a doula.
Do you do the same things as a midwife?
No, I am a non-medical professional who helps aid the birthing mother and her family during labor. I do not perform medical tasks and do not have any medical license. I can however, help educate the birthing mother on her own birth choices so that she can make an educated decision along with her health care provider.
If I use a doula will my partner be left out of the birth?
Don’t worry, there is plenty to be done during the birth. As a childbirth professional I work hard to keep dad, the partner, or other birth support engaged in what is going on. Often times it actually helps the birth partner to have a doula present because it takes the pressure off him during birth. Plus, there are no worries if he needs a break or a snack or needs to leave the room.
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