A Doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.
A Labor Doula recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
Stays by the side of the laboring woman from the point of being summoned, until after the birth of the baby. Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make informed decisions.
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care providers.
Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.
Early March 2014, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AGOG) released an article on recommendations to improve birth outcomes. Doulas were listed as the top most beneficial tool to improve labor and delivery outcomes! This statement validated what we have seen in older renowned, controlled studies. Some of the benefits these studies revealed:
Benefits of a doula during labor and immediate postpartum
Benefits to mothers six weeks after birth
Long term benefits of using a doula
SOURCE: "Mothering the Mother," by M.H. Klaus, J.H. Kennell, and P.H. Klaus; Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, New York (1993