benefits of hiring a doula

 Birth 

continuous support

One of the important thing a woman needs during labor is continuous support. This means that you have someone by your side continuously from start to finish. A doula never leaves your side. Sometimes people think that they don’t need a doula because their partner will be with them continuously throughout labor. Your partner is an essential support person for you to have by your side. However, your partner will need to eat and use the bathroom at times. Also, most partners have limited knowledge about birth, medical procedures, or what goes on in a hospital or home birth. Doulas and partners can work together to make up a labor support team. 

 Postpartum 

emotional support

The transition into new parenthood can be vulnerable, and postpartum doulas are experts in emotional support, active listening and encouraging new moms and dads to follow their own hearts. Empathy, a hug or even a good laugh together can do so much for a new parent. 

Evidence based information

Postpartum doulas are trained to understand what new babies – and new mothers – truly need. The doula helps with soothing techniques, offers breastfeeding or bottle feeding support, and explains normal newborn behavior.

comfort

A doula may use breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning techniques to help comfort the birth during labor. Because of this, women with doula's tend to have a 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin, a 9% decrease in the use of medication for pain relief and a 12% increase in a spontaneous vaginal birth.

evidence based information

While performing her role, a doula will give the mother evidence based information and resources to help her make informed choices. 

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practical support

It’s all hands on deck with a new baby, and postpartum doulas can help the days go by more smoothly by helping with the baby’s laundry, doing the dishes or preparing simple, nourishing meals.

partner and sibling support

A new baby means transition for everyone, including parents, grandparents and little brothers and sisters. Postpartum doulas understand what everyone needs, and part of their role is to help the entire family adjust and settle in.

Information taken from www.dona.org

‚Äč© 2019 Samantha Swartz

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