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