What is a doula?

What is a doula?

Doulas care for mothers, babies, and families

What is a doula?

A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth to help achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

A birth doula…

Offers a mother and partner a calm, continuous presence for a more satisfying birth experience, providing:

  • physical support and help with non-medical pain relief
  • emotional support through labor
  • evidence-based information they need to make and advocate for their own decisions

Mothers who use a birth doula are…

  • less likely to have a cesarean or instrument-assisted birth
  • less likely to need Pitocin or pain medication
  • more likely to have shorter labor
  • more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively

A postpartum doula…

Provides in-home, non-clinical, non-judgmental support for families with newborns including:

  • postpartum recovery
  • breastfeeding support
  • helping parents & babies sleep
  • establishing routines & coping skills
  • light household organization, food prep, errands
  • sibling support
  • helping families adjust to life with twins
  • connecting families with evidence-based information & community resources
  • assisting with babywearing, cloth diaper education, baby care basics, & more

Postpartum doula support…

  • helps reduce postpartum mood disorders
  • improves breastfeeding success
  • improves skills and self-confidence

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