"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?

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. 


"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it" -John Kennell, MD