© 2016 New Mercies Birth Doula Services

A doula is a trained professional who offers informational, emotional, and physical support

to women and their families before, during, and immediately after labor and birth. 

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For more information on doulas please visit DONA.org and Evidence Based Birth

  • Recognize birth as a key experience you will remember all your life

  • Perceive my role as nurturing and protecting your memory of the birth experience

  • Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor

  • Assist you in preparing for and carrying out your plans for birth

  • Stay with the you throughout the labor

  • Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as help you get the information you need to make informed decisions

  • Support your partner and work alongside them at their comfort level 

 

(Adapted from DONA Intl.)

Hiring a doula can result in:

  •  31% decrease in the use of Pitocin

  •  28% decrease in the risk of a C-section

  •  12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

  •  9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

  •  14% decrease in the risk of her newborn being admitted to a special care nursery

  •  34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience.