Just as a woman's heart knows how and when to pump,
her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire,
so she knows when and how to give birth.

                                        -Virgina Di Orio

 

What is a birth doula?  

A birth doula is a guardian and companion who offers continuous, non-judgemental, physical, emotional, and informational support to women/birthing person(s) and their families prenatally, during the birthing experience, and for the immediate postpartum period.
 

What are the Benefits of having a birth doula?

  • more awareness and education of labor and birth
  • increased confidence in self, partner, and baby
  • shorter labor
  • fewer complications and fewer interventions
  • fewer requests for and use of pain medications
  • reduced cesarean rates
  • less use of episiotomies, forceps, vacuum extractor
  • increased bonding between mother/birthing person and baby
  • higher success rate in breastfeeding
  • lower stress and anxiety
  • greater skills and understanding of what is desired when there are interventions and how to work with birth team/medical staff for the optimal, most empowering birthing experience
  • less likely to have postpartum depression
  • more confidence and ease with transition back home

 

What are the Benefits for partner/family?

  • increased confidence in self and laboring mama/birthing person
  • understanding of important role in birth room or other environment
  • feel helpful and useful to mama/birthing person and team
  • feel connected to mama/birthing person, baby, and experience
  • understands better when to take breaks, rest, nourish, and be the most strong, supportive self for birthing experience
  • feels more positive and aware of birthing process, experience, and journey
  • helps feel more ease with transition back home