What is a doula?
Here is an excerpt from the DONA (Doulas of North America) website that explains doulas very well:
"Like travel guides in a foreign country, birth and postpartum doulas help support new families through the life changing experience of having a baby! Whether it’s a family’s first baby or their tenth, a doula can help make the birth and postpartum experience better. Today, a doula is defined as follows: a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible."
Why should you use a doula? Studies have shown that women who have continual support through pregnancy and/or labor are more likely to have shorter labors, need less interventions, and have a more positive birth experience overall. (Please see this page for statistics - Evidence Based Birth - The Evidence for Doulas)
A doula helps to guide you and supports you but will not replace your partner, your doctor/midwife, or other medical professional.
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