You may ask what a birth Doula is?
A birth Doula accompanies women and their partners in labour to help them have a more satisfying birth experience. She provides emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labour.
A Doula can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labour progress and help with relaxation, massage, breathing, positioning, visualization and other techniques to help your comfort. Doulas are independent and self-employed in which they work for you to facilitate communication with your birth team either at home, a hospital or at a birth centre.
Not included in a Doula’s practice...
Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams and others. I am there to provide physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy.
Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make informed decisions. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your Birth Plan.
Speak to the staff on your behalf regarding matters where decisions are being made. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.
Benefits of a Doula
From the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) state by having support from a doula it can and has proven to show;
- 50 % reduction in Cesarean rate
- 30 % reduction in analgesia rate
- 25% shorter labor
- 40 % reduction in oxytocin use
- 60% reduction of requests for epidurals
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
What is a postpartum doula?
A postpartum doula accompanies the new mother and family after the birth of their baby. Providing emotional, physical, and evidence based informational support.
During the postpartum period the doula can support mothers with:
-Directions on infant care and feedings
-Support with light household duties such as laundry, dishes etc.
- Help with resources and or referrals for health care professionals.
However postpartum Doulas do not act as a nanny or housekeepers and can’t do any medical procedures or diagnosis. Postpartum Doulas help extremely with reducing the rate of the baby blues or with postpartum depression.