Continuous emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after the birth of your child ~
What is a Doula?
"Today, in most hospitals, although family members are welcome during labor and birth, 'support' of laboring mothers is usually left to the intrapartum nurses. An inexperienced partner or family member of the woman may assist the nurse in support techniques. Due to the high incidence of short staffing, endless amount of charting, and continuous monitoring required by the nurses, little time is left for tending to the mother's emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. This, combined with many mothers' concern over the high rate of interventions, has resulted in some women choosing to give birth with the assistance of a professional support person or doula.
A doula is defined by Doulas of North America (DONA) as a woman who is trained and experienced in childbirth and provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman during labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. Women choose to labor and give birth with doula support for a wide range of needs, goals, and concerns about their childbirth experience. Many women want to be encouraged and supported as they give birth without pain medications, while other women desire a liaison between themselves and the medical staff. Some women may have no family to support them through labor, while others simply prefer an experienced female to 'take the pressure off' their partner."
To read more about Childbirth in the U.S. and the importance of a doula's presence, please click here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1595283/