What is a Birth Doula?
Doula (pronounced Doo-la) is a term from the Greek language meaning a “woman who serves.” Doulas offer physical, emotional and informational support to women and their families throughout labor, birth and the postpartum period. Their support is exclusive, continuous and non-medical.
The presence of a doula in randomized trials has proven to reduce c-section rates, facilitate shorter labor, lessen the frequency of epidurals, reduce the use of pitocin, increase success with breastfeeding, provide fewer forceps/vacuum deliveries, increase maternal satisfaction and lower rates of newborn complications.
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