1. Continuous Labor Support:
A birth doula is there to support you through your entire labor and birth process. Doctors and nurses often have several patients to take care of, so they do not have the ability to stay with you through your entire labor. A doula's support also looks very different than medical support. A doula's job is to emotionally and physically support you through your labor, not to medicinally care for you. Continuous labor support means great things for moms and babies! Look over the chart below for benefits.
2. Doulas Are Always Available:
You are not guaranteed to get the Midwife or OB that you prefer. Who attends your birth will depend on who is on call when you go in labor. However, your birth doula goes on call for you 24/7 usually starting in the 37th-38th week of your pregnancy. It does not matter what time of the day you go into labor, your doula is guaranteed to be a familiar face and calming presence during your labor. Many doulas do hire back-up doulas in the event of an emergency, but even then, you will know who that person is. This often leads to a reduction in anxiety in the weeks before the birth of your child.
3. Doulas Are Full of Knowledge:
While Doulas are NOT medical professionals, they offer the unique ability to help you understand what is happening to you. They can help answer any questions or concerns you may have, as wells as assist you in vocalizing these concerns to the medical staff. They can give you the knowledge necessary to speak confidently with the medical staff.
4. Doulas Are Full of Tips:
Doulas know many ways to help comfort you as you deal with labor. We can offer tips and tricks for helping ease pain or repositioning your baby. They can help you listen to your body and find what works best for you in labor. Even with mothers who use an Epidural, doulas can help you with frequent position changes, which can help speed up labor.
5. Doulas Can Help You Breastfeed:
Doulas stay until after the baby is born and help you establish your first latch. We can answer any questions you have about nursing your new infant. We can give you the support you need to get your breastfeeding journey off to an amazing start. If you have any complications postpartum, doulas can often help. If your complications fall out of scope for your doula, they have recommendations for skilled professionals who can help you. This will keep you from having to take the time to research professionals in your area.
Doulas are here to nurture you so that you can concentrate on nurturing your baby! If you are interested in hiring a birth doula, look through the services we offer by clicking the link: Birth Doula Services
For more evidence based information on the benefits of having a doula at your birth, look here: http://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/