Why hire a Doula?
Updated: Feb 10, 2021
Studies following families with Doulas have reported better birth outcomes, happier partners, lower rates of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Doulas normalize the birthing experience.
1. BETTER BIRTH OUTCOMES
Studies following birthing people with doulas have shown a decrease in: cesareans, requests for an epidural, length of labor, and use of oxytocin. With a doula attending their birth, women have also reported having a more positive birthing experience.
2. DOULAS HELP PARTNERS
Doulas guide your partner on to help you throughout your labor and birth and in-still confidence so they can be as hands-on or as hands-off as they'd like to be. We're also good at making sure your partner is taking care of themselves so they can savour every moment.
3. DOULAS HELP DO RESEARCH AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (ANYTIME!)
All those questions you have between appointments with your care provider I’m happy to help answer if i can or refer you the right people to ask! I work with evidence-based research and I am happy to send you up-to-date peer reviewed studies so you can make sure you're getting the most current information to make decisions that are right for you.
There are so many pain relief methods during labor and birth that don't involve anything other than words of encouragement and a doula or partner normalizing your experience.
5. HELP FORMULATE YOUR "BIRTH PLAN"
Really trying to go without an epidural? Dead set on having one? Regardless of how you feel about it, my job is to make sure you know your choices, your rights, and make sure you are informed of your options. We can talk about many different aspects of birth and situations allowing you to feel fully in control of your choices and understand alternatives, benefits, and risks.