What is a doula?
The Benefits of Birth Doula Care
- Reduced the overall cesarean section rate by 50%
- Reduced the length of labour by 25%
- Reduced oxytocin use by 40%
- Reduced the use of pain medication by 30%
- Reduced forceps deliveries by 40%
- Reduced requests for epidural pain medication by 60%
- Reduced incidences of maternal fever
- Reduced the number of days newborns spent in NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit)
- Reduced the amount of septic workups performed on newborns
- Resulted in higher rates of breastfeeding
- Resulted in more positive maternal assessments of maternal confidence
- Resulted in more positive maternal assessments of maternal and newborn health
- Resulted in decreased rates of postpartum depression
The Benefits of Postpartum Doula Care
How and when should I hire a doula?
How much does it cost to hire a doula?
What services does a doula offer?
Most doulas are happy to tailor their services to your particular needs. The best way to find out about the services is to contact a doula and request a consultation. Doulas offer free consultations to anyone who is interested in their services or wants to know more about what they offer. We understand that you will want to feel completely comfortable with whoever you invite to share these special times of your life, so we encourage you to meet with a few doulas in the process of finding the right fit.
What is the doula's scope of practice?
- Perform clinical tasks such as, but not limited to, vaginal exams, assessing fetal heart tones, or perineal massage.
- Diagnose medical conditions, offer second opinions, nor offer medical advice.
- Make decisions for the patient/client nor project their own values/goals onto the pregnant or labouring woman.
- Discourage the mother from her choices, including the choice for pharmacologic pain relief.
- Interfere with medical treatment in the event of an emergency situation.