What is a doula?
“A trained non-medical person who assists a pregnant family before, during and after childbirth. Continuous support during labor has proven to result in healthier outcomes for parent and child”.
Birth Doulas are professionally trained in labor support, experienced in childbirth and offer physical comfort, emotional support, encouragement and wisdom before, throughout, and after birth. Women have complex needs during childbirth. Women benefit from a Birth Doula’s continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement, and respect.
What are the benefits of having a doula at your birth?
Numerous clinical studies reveal that when a Birth Doula is present during and after childbirth, women:
- Enjoy greater satisfaction with their birth experience
- Have shorter labors with fewer complications and less need for medical interventions to augment labor or assist delivery
- Are less likely to request pain medication in labor
- Have fewer cesarean births
- Reduce their risk of postpartum depression
Studies also show that babies born with Birth Doulas present tend to:
- Breastfeed more easily
- Have shorter hospital stays and fewer admissions to special care nurseries
- Have an easier time bonding with their mothers
Hodnett E, Gates S, Hofmeyr G, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003. Issue 3, Art. No. CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.interview
Looking for a Birth Doula
- In your initial phone call or email, please tell us:
- Your due date
- Where you plan to birth
- Your prenatal care provider
- Your specific interest in having a Birth Doula
- Anything else you would like to share
Each Birth Assistants of Boulder Birth Doula who you contact will respond and let you know if she is available to work with you. From there, you can schedule an in-person interview. A list of questions to ask a Birth Doula can be found at: How to Hire a Doula.