Better birth outcomes
According to a study of almost 16,000 women by the Cochrane Review, doula support results in:
38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score (baby's overall wellbeing)
Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean
The best results occurred when a birthing person had continuous labor support from a doula– someone who was NOT a staff member at the hospital and who was NOT part of their social network.
What we do
A doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to a birthing mother. This includes suggestions on coping techniques and comfort measures (comforting touch, massage, warm baths/showers, encouraging mobility, promoting adequate fluid intake and output). Doulas encourage mothers to make informed choices and use their voice in the unique experience of labor.
Doulas aren't only for moms who want a natural birth, or want to avoid medical interventions. Doulas support all mothers and families by providing evidence and information so new mamas can make the best decisions for themselves and their babies.
*Note that a doula does not replace your OB/GYN, midwife or partner, but rather, supports their roles.