Supporting Women and Families throughout Pregnancy and Birth
The life of a Doula
A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother and her family during pregnancy, labor and in the weeks and months during the postpartum period.
The doula's role is to be an advocate for women by helping them to negotiate the numerous decisons they have to make during pregnancy - your doula will help to enable you to have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and reduces requests for epidurals by 60%.
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