Why Hire A Doula

The Need for Support in Labor

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Continuous support from a doula during labor provides physical and emotional benefits for mothers and health bonuses for their babies. With less medical interventions, fewer complications, and shorter hospital stays, there may be financial savings as well. –Harvard Health Letter-

A Birth 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 of their child
  • stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor
  • provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions
  • facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care provider
  • perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience

 

A Postpartum Doula

  • provides emotional support to the new family
  • teaches infant care, education and ways to soothe your baby
  • maternal postpartum recovery and breastfeeding support
  • provides referrals and Community resources if needed
  • practical assistance with multiples and preemies
  • meal preparation, errands, light household support
  • sibling care

 

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