This is a question that is coming up more as people are learning of the phenomenon of doulas. When I started as a doula six years ago, the percentage of people living in SF that were familiar with a doula was roughly 40%. Now, almost everyone has heard of a doula through family, friends or co-workers, and their positive effects on birth outcomes!
The benefits of having a doula are endless!
Here are some to name a few...
Provides emotional, intellectual and physical support
Is trained in comfort measures to help you through labor
Helps the family become informed about their labor/birth options
Helps facilitate communication between family and medical professionals
Supports the partner as well
Is familiar with birth and can help normalize this adventurous experience
Research has shown contintinuity of care with a doula means lower intervention
rates and more vaginal births! Click this link to learn more:
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