What Is a Doula?
A Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a birthing person and their family before, during and shortly after childbirth to help them achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
Doulas also support families during the Postpartum transition. The doulas role can include helping with post birth recovery, newborn care including diapering feeding bathing and soothing, holding space to process the birth, helping with shopping, meal prep, cooking, accompanying the family to appointments, or light house keeping.
decrease in overall cesarean rate
decrease in the length of labor
decrease in request for epidural
Statistics were taken from Hodnett ED. Gates S Hofmeyr GJ. Sakala C. Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. CD003766, (2003).