"A doula is like a trail guide, familiar with the path, she keeps you hiking through the hard parts, knowing the view at the end is incredible."
>> What is a doula?
>> Provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support during labor and the prenatal period.
>> Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
>> Recognizes that birth is something the mother will remember the rest of her life.
>> Facilitates communication between the laboring mother and her health care providers.
>> Sees here role as nurturing and protecting the women's memory of her birth experience.
>> Provides support for the partner so that he or she can have a positive experience as well.
>> Why do I need a doula?
Clinical studies have shown that women who are supported by doula:
>> have shorter labors with fewer complications
>> have more positive feelings about childbirth
>> have a reduced need for pitocin, forceps, vacuum extraction and a lower rate of cesarean birth.
Research has shown that babies born to women with continuous labor support are less likely to have low APGAR scores.