What is a Birth Doula?

"We define a birth doula as a professional support person trained in the needs of the family during pregnancy and childbirth. The doula offers non-judgmental support, guidance, evidence based education and practical hands-on support during childbirth including comfort measures. Doula originates from the Greek word meaning woman servant. A birth doula recognizes the profound impact of childbirth on the mother." (IDI.COM)

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Doula Facts/Statistics: 

The researchers found that overall, people who have continuous support (like a doula) during childbirth experience a:

  • 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean was seen with a doula

  • 15% increase of a spontaneous vaginal birth was seen with a doula

  • 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

  • Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average

  • 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score; 

  • 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

(www.evidencedbasedbirth.com)

"We are the only species of mammal that doubts our ability to give birth.
It's profitable to scare women about birth. But let's stop it." 

-Ida May Gaskin