Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula?
The word doula comes from the ancient Greek meaning a woman who serves. Doulas are also known as professional labor support. The word doula is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth (DONA, 2014).
Why use a doula?
DONA International Doulas are educated and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period. We are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. We offer a loving touch, positioning, and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured and cared for.
Doulas are well versed in nonmedical skills and do not perform clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams or fetal heart rate or blood pressure monitoring. Doulas do not make decisions for their clients; they do not project their own values and goals onto the laboring woman.
The doula’s goal is to help the woman have a safe and satisfying childbirth as the woman defines it. It is not the role of the doula to discourage the mother from her choices. The doula helps her to become informed about various options, including the risks, benefits, and accompanying precautions or interventions for safety.
With a doula present, the pressure on the partner is decreased and he or she can participate at his or her own comfort level. Partners often feel relieved when they can rely on a doula for help; they enjoy the experience more. For those partners that want to play an active support role, the doula assists and guides them in effective ways to help their loved ones in labor (DONA 2014).
Studies have found that doula supported women…
- Tend to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- Are less likely to have negative emotions to their childbirth experience
- Have a reduced need for labor-inducing drugs, forcepts or vacuum extractors, and cesareans
- Are less likely to request pain medications and/or epidurals
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