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Doula: Where's the value?

If you were told that a drug would be unethical to NOT use it, would you use it?​​​​​​​​


What if this same thought process applied to having a doula? The answer is YES!​​​​​​​​


What is a doula anyway?​​​​​​​​


A doula is a non-clinical, professionally-trained person who supports the birthing person in several ways during pregnancy, labor, birth, and early postpartum.​​​​​​​​


The support is wide-ranging and includes:​​​​​​​​

💗 Answering questions after a doctor’s visit​​​​​​​​

💗 Being a sounding board as you process emotions and fears​​​​​​​​

💗 Providing information and resources about the birthing process (above and beyond your care provider)​​​​​​​​

💗 Providing physical and emotional comfort support during labor and through the birth​​​​​​​​

💗 Helping you find your voice during labor when you are unsure​​​​​​​​

💗 Staying with you continuously until your baby is born​​​​​​​​

💗 Helping you get started with breastfeeding​​​​​​​​

💗 The person who will help you process your birth afterwards​​​​​​​​

💗 Not to mention the support a doula provides the partner. 💗 The doula does not replace the partner but rather enhances their ability to support you in the ways you need.​​​​​​​​


There is no person who can replace a doula...not a friend, sister, aunt, mom, spouse. They are valuable beyond measure.​​​​​​​​


In addition to what I listed above, continuous support from a doula has many benefits:​​​​​​​​

💗 Lower risk of cesarean birth​​​​​​​​

💗 Lower risk of unnecessary interventions (induction, epidural, pitocin)​​​​​​​​

💗 Lower risk of vacuum/forceps delivery​​​​​​​​

💗 Increased rate of vaginal birth​​​​​​​​

💗 Increased overall satisfaction with experience​​​​​​​​


A doula is not for every person. But every person deserves a doula!​​​​​​​​


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