What a doula is?

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" the whole family for personalized according to the needs of each woman, according to your wishes and situation. In any case interfere with the diagnosis criteria and medical or healthcare action. Its function focuses on the welfare of the mother and baby.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily..

One of the objectives of the doula is a woman to be erected accompanying starring in her motherhood, giving you all the confidence you need.

Studies have shown that is not medical personnel and therefore has made no attempt in this direction. Neither replaces the familiar accompaniment (Spouse or other family members).

Why be accompanied?

  • We often live away from the family so that they can not give us the support we need.
  • The doula creates a bond of continuityEstablishes a relationship of trust, complicity and intimacy from woman to woman, giving security to the mother. Indeed, today in Spain ...
    • It is rare that mom knows the midwife attend your birth
    • It is rare that the midwife is present throughout labor
    • If the mother takes a gynecologist are unlikely to be present before the last stage of labor
    • In the postpartum mom sees many highly qualified professionals, but she does not know
  • The postpartum is a critical time in the life of a woman. Fatigue, hormones, insecurities and physical recovery leads to new mother to a state of fragility.
  • Having a wife to support us (a doula, for example) is positive for the live birth of our baby in a fluid form.

What a Doula is?

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; she never interferes in the diagnosis, criteria or medical intervention. Her role is to take care of the mum and her baby.

The doula must support the mother being respectful and neutral; encouraging her to take her own decisions, gaining confidence. She is not sanitary personnel, therefore she doesn't offer any healthcare. Also she does not replace any relative (partner nor others).

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
  • Research shows parents who receive support can:
  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Have less postpartum depression

Why having a doula?
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow.
In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.

The members of the family often live far away so they are not available to help.

The doula offers continuity. She creates a familiar relationship of complicity and intimacy, woman to woman, so she provides the mother with an environment where she feels secure at all times. In fact, today in Spain…

  • It is rare to meet the midwife who will be present at the birth.
    • It is uncommon to be assisted by the same midwife throughout the whole birth process.
    • Usually the doctor arrives right on the last moment of the birth.
    • The days following the birth the mother meets many highly qualified professionals but she does not know them.
  • The birth often entails a crisis in a woman’s life. Fatigue, hormones, insecurities, on top of physical recovery leave the new mother in a state of fragility.

As a person who provides support, a doula is extremely necessary to live the birth of your baby in a positive way.

What is a doula?

A doula is a woman who aims to help another woman and his entourage during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period, thanks to its experience and training. It accompanies, supports and surrounds the mother and the whole family.

Furthermore, random clinical trials on having or not an emotional and physical support during labor, showed that the doula brought many advantages:

  • 50% decrease in the rate of cesarean
  • 25% reduction of working time
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 30% reduction in analgesic use
  • 40% reduction in the use of forceps

The Doula Book How a Trainer Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth – by Marshall, Phyllis Klaus and John Kennell (Perseus Press, 2002)

See also the document published by MIDIRS (Midwives Information and Resource the Service, Great Britain) "Support in labor" (support during childbirth) which contains statistics from 10 randomized controlled trials involving over 3000 women.

Why be accompanied?
Families are dispersed. Often we live away from family or she is not available to help us.
The doula creates continuity, establishes a relationship of trust, complicity and intimacy from woman to woman, allowing the mother to feel safe at all stages. Indeed, today in Spain ...

  • It is rare that the mother knows the midwife who attend childbirth,
    • It is rare that the same midwife is present throughout the birth,
    • If the mother is followed by an obstetrician it is rare to see it before the final phase of work,
    • In the postpartum period, the woman sees a lot of people who are highly qualified, but she does not know.
  • Childbirth is an upheaval in the life of the woman. Fatigue, hormones, insecurities and postnatal recovery plunges the new mother in a state of fragility.

Having a doula is an extremely necessary support for positive living the birth of your baby.

What are the benefits of having a doula?

Recent studies on the benefits of having or not emotional and physical support during labor doula show that brings many advantages.

Specifically the results of one of the more recent studies conducted by The Cochrane Collaboration in 2011, show that women who are accompanied by a doula during labor:

  • They are more likely to give birth naturally, ie, without the need for a cesarean section or medical use intrumental as forceps.
  • They have less need for pain-relieving medications such as an epidural.
  • They have less need for oxytocin.
  • They work shorter delivery.
  • They are more likely to be satisfied and to have the feeling that the delivery has been a positive experience.
  • They are less likely to get low Apgar scores at five minutes after birth babies.


Abstract WHO 1999. GENEVA Department of Reproductive Health and Research. NORMAL DELIVERY CARE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE.

[...] 2.5 SUPPORT IN CHILDBIRTH Articles and random experiments for support provided during labor by an individual, "doula", midwife or nurse, showed that continuous physical support and benefit greatly as they are shorter labors, less use of medication and epidural analgesia, fewer children with Apgar tests under 7 and less instrumental deliveries.