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What is a doula?

            The word “doula” comes from the Greek word for the most important female servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. Doula has come to refer to

            “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides a continuous, physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and after childbirth.”

            Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, “Mothering the Mother”

 

Benefits of Doula Care:

Having the support of a doula

  • can lead to shorter labours with fewer complications
  •  reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  •  reduces the need for pitocin (a labour-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Women who have had doula support

  • 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
  • have lower incidence of abuse

Source: DONA International

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