benefits

Why would I benefit from a Doula?
Recent studies indicate better outcomes for babies and their mothers, shorter more comfortable labours, fewer complications and greater maternal satisfaction when a labour support person is present. A Doula's nurturing patience, expertise and commitment to childbearing women and their partners can help women have safe and satisfying birth experiences.


Some of the Benefits of having a Birth Doula

  • Shorten first-time labours
  • Decrease the chance of C Section by 50%
  • Decrease the need for pain medication
  • Help fathers take part in the birth with more confidence
  • Increase successful breastfeeding


Some of the Benefits of having a Post-Natal Doula

  • Decreased symptoms of depression
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Exclusive breastfeeding
  • Increased sensitivity of the mother to her child's needs
  • Doula's provide non-judgemental support and companionship following birth
  • Doula's can supply reliable and factual information, reassurance and hands-on support with children and the household
  • Doula's enhance parents ability to nurture and encourage them to develop and implement their own parenting style


References

  • Mothering the Mother - Klaus, Kennel, Klaus, 1993; Scott KD
  • "The Obstetrical and Postpartum Benefits of Continuous Support during Childbirth"; Journal of Women's Health & Gender-Based Medicine 1999
  • "Benefits of Massage therapy & use of a Doula" - Keenan P
  • The Postpartum Doula's Role in Maternity Care - DONA Jacqueline Kelleher 2002

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