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Benefits of having a doula
A doula provides nonjudgmental, emotional support on the type of birth you envision for you and your partner.
Doulas present evidenced-based information to make sure mother and partner are informed on every decision they make.
Encourages healthy communication between mother and care provider.
Can help prepare you mentally and physically for labor and birth.
Trained in specific massage techniques and positioning methods that can reduce pain in labor.
A doula will be sure to include the birth partner in every step of the process (and especially the birth experience), as we provide support and resources for the new family as a whole.
May attend any birth setting - whether it be hospital (including cesarean sections), birthing center, or home.
Recent studies show that doulas help reduce the amount of pain medication given to mothers and lower cesarean rates. Reference here: http://www.childbirthconnection.org/pdfs/CochraneDatabaseSystRev.pdf
Doulas are specialists on childbirth and can provide valuable information through every step of the way, from prenatal up to 3 months postpartum.