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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Doula?

A doula is a person who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to an expecting family. Labor, delivery, and birth can be a scary experience, especially when one is having their first child, or alone and doesn’t have any constant support. One might assume that a doula is a new hipster term in today’s Western society but historically doulas have always been present when women deliver babies! Doulas help women and families have a safe, empowering, and memorable birth experience.

Are birth outcomes better with a Doula?

Multiple randomized control studies have found that a trained doula benefits everyone. Studies have consistently shown that doula care is associated with shorter labors, less use of epidurals and other pain medications, lower episiotomy rates, and as much as a 50% reduction in the C-section rate. Research has also shown better clinical outcomes for both the mother and the baby (including fewer admissions to neonatal special care units, better breastfeeding rates, and better family bonding). A doula also provides care for the mother’s partner and other family members, assists busy hospital staff, saves money, and greatly increases a mother’s overall satisfaction with her birthing experience.

Can a Doula help if the woman has epidural?

Yes. A doula’s presence is helpful during early labor and the epidural placement process. She then continues to care for the woman and her family, offering emotional and informational support. And when it’s time to deliver the baby, the doula’s assistance can be invaluable. 

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What should I invest in a Doula?

Birth doulas co-create detailed birth plans for easy access to vital information during labor and delivery. During delivery, a doula will be nearby constantly. Doulas provide comfort with pain-relief techniques including, but not limited to; breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and labor positions. Doulas also encourage participation from the partner or family and offer constant reassurance. 

Is a Doula the same as a midwife?

No. A doula provides no medical or nursing care. Since she doesn’t have these responsibilities, or other patients to attend to, she can give her complete attention to being by a woman’s side for the entire length of her labor.

Does the Doula replace a father/partner?

A doula doesn’t replace anyone. She is another member of the birth team and supports everyone in their role. A doula’s presence helps fathers or partners participate at their comfort level, showing them how and when to use various comfort techniques, providing information, and in some cases, looking after them. Partners are often grateful to be able to share the “coaching” responsibility with someone more experienced and can therefore enjoy the birth experience more.

Can a doula attend my C-section?

Yes, a woman having a C-section can still use a doula’s support. The doula may or may not be in the operating room, depending on the wishes of the family and the medical staff, but either way, the doula is still there for the new mother in the recovery room.

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