What is a Doula?

The Greek word doula is defined as “woman caregiver”. A doula is an experienced labor companion who provides the woman and her husband or partner both emotional and physical support throughout the entire labor and delivery.  She is a nurturing presence who uses a wide variety of comfort techniques along with her extensive knowledge of the birthing process to bring a sense of calm confidence to the birthing couple. The benefits of the continuous support provided by a doula are numerous and include:

  • 45% reduction in c-section rate
  • Decreases length of labor by 25%
  • Decreased need for pain medication by 31%
  • 50% decrease in the use of Pitocin
  • Up to 60% decrease in the use of epidurals
  • Forceps use decreased by 34%
  • 71% increase in partner satisfaction following birth
  • Increases acceptance of baby and maternal/infant bond
  • Decreased neonatal problems
  • 13% reduction in postpartum depression
  • Enhances self-confidence, self-esteem and feelings of control
Klaus, Klaus, and Kennell. Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth. 1992
Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus. The Doula Book. 2002
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