There are many advantages of having a birth doula. Women have complex needs preparing for and during birth. While you may have a supportive partner, birth doulas are trained birth professionals, excited to offer non-judgemental support for you during your entire birth. In addition to physical and emotional comfort measures they provide information and tools to empower you and make educated choices that are best for you and your baby.
Research findings show that women who have doula support were:
28% less likely to have cesarean section
31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
9% less likely to use any pain medication
34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively
While doulas are not medical professionals and do not perform clinical tasks or exams they are well versed in relaxation techniques, and can suggest movement and positioning to assist a laboring mother during her birth process.
Having a doula can also relieve stress on the birth partner. Labor can go on for an uncertain and prolonged period of time. The doula and supportive partner are able to act as a team. Every birth is different, doulas are prepared for multiple circumstances to offer continuous guidance.
Though many who desire a natural birth will seek out a birth doula because their support has consistently reduced the need for medicine those who prefer to use medication can also benefit from the comfort measures, education, advice and supports provided. Doulas do not attempt to dictate what type of birth experience you should have, rather they are there to help you feel comfortable making the right choice for you.
Having a doula can make your birth journey a positive experience.