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