What is a doula?
Doula is derived from a Greek word meaning "a woman who serves women". Today, DONA defines a doula as "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."
A doula is not your mother. As a DONA trained doula, I have been trained in such a way that will provide physical, emotional & partner support throughout the pregnancy, delivery & beyond. I do not replace your partner or mother.
A doula is not your midwife. As a non-medical professional, I cannot give medical advice, speak on your behalf, or perform medical practices. Rather, I offer evidence-based research to allow you & your partner to better advocate for yourselves and feel at ease when doing so.
“IF A WOMAN DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A GODDESS IN BIRTH,
then someone isn’t treating her right.”
– Ina May Gaskin
According to a review published in 2011 on a continuous labor support study conducted with over 15,000 women, the doula-supported birthing persons were:
28% less likely to have a cesarean section
31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
9% less likely to use any pain medication
34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively
Read the DONA position paper here.
WHAT DOES A DOULA DO?
Supports YOUR BIRTH PLAN YOUR WAY – this means the doula is there for all birth types – vaginal, medicated, cesarean, etc.
Be there for you first & foremost
Use trained comfort measures & techniques to assist in pain relief
Be there for your partner, teaching them helpful techniques, relief for a bathroom break, a snack run, or helping them not to faint :)
Support your partner in supporting you
Education referrals to help with the medical jargon
Provide positive emotional & physical support for you & your partner