What is a Doula?
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 after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
A study published in the British journal Birth found that only 4.7 percent of women using doulas had preterm births, and 20.4 percent had cesarean deliveries, compared with respective figures of 6.3 percent and 34.2 percent for those who did not work with a doula.
Studies have also shown that when doulas are part of your birth team there is a:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in pitocin use
30% reduction in analgesia (pain relief drugs) use
40% reduction in vacuum delivery
*In light of these benefits more and more insurance companies are choosing to reimburse for Doula services, plus HSA & FSA accounts reimburse.
Please visit (DONA International) for more in depth doula info/Q&A.