Melissa Morris

— Doula —

What Is A Doula?

A birth doula is a non-medical assistant to women during pregnancy, labor and after birth. She stays by your side to give emotional support, encouragement and practical knowledge. A doula can help provide comfort by suggesting positions, massage and additional techniques. A doula is not a nurse or midwife, so she will not perform tasks such as examinations or listening to your baby's heartbeat, nor will she make any decisions for you, but can provide information and options that may be available. A doula does not take the place of the father, but helps him to support the mother as she labors. A doula is your advocate, coach and partner during the miracle of childbirth.

Studies have shown that having a doula for support during labor [1]

  • Decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%
  • Shortens the length of labor by 25%
  • Decreases the use of oxytocin (Pitocin) by 40%
  • Decreases the request for an epidural by 60%

[1] Klaus, M., Kennell, J., Klaus, P. Mothering the Mother.:Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1993.

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