What is a Doula?
A doula known as a birth companion or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a person before, during, or after childbirth, as well as their partner and family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support.
As a doula, I believe having a child is sacred and such an emotional event where you and your partner needs to feel supported, Childbirth is a vulnerable time and without the proper education on your rights and preparedness, The beauty of it can be stolen from you.
What does a doula do?
How We Support You
At SWP our essential role is to provide continuous labor support to the mother, no matter what decisions the mother makes or how she gives birth. Some of the ways we maintain this support is by providing Pre-Birth education and information, developing a relationship where the mother feels free to ask questions, express her fears and concerns, and playing an active role in creating a birth plan. We teach comfort measures and help you envision your birth. Our doulas walk along with you on your journey without seeking to influence it with our own desires. We help their clients gain a better understanding of the medical aspect of birth and procedures and possible complications in late pregnancy or delivery. Doulas also encourage participation from the partner and offer reassurance.
Doulas DO NOT…
…take on any medical roles, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, or vaginal exams. We do not make decisions for mothers or speak for them. We will help parents get information they may need to make choices that are right for them along the way.
What are the benefits of having a doula?
What's in it for you
A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women are less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.
When continuous labor support was provided by a doula, women experienced a:
- 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
- 28% decrease in the risk of Cesarean
- 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
What about your Partner’s role when using a doula?
The role of the doula is never to take the place of your partner in labor. Rather to complement and enhance their experience. Having a Doula can encourage your partner to use comfort techniques, the doula step in if your partner wants a break. A doula allows your partner to support you emotionally during labor and birth and to also enjoy the experience without the added pressure of trying to remember everything he learned in childbirth class!