A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. 

— DONA

 

Evidence shows that having a doula present results in:

·         lower likelihood of needing Pitocin

·         reduced likelihood of having a cesarean birth

·         fewer requests for pain medications

·         fewer births needing forceps or vacuum extraction

·         decreased anxiety

·         more positive long-term memories

·         higher likelihood of rating their childbirth experience positively

·         better Apgar scores for babies

·         more self-esteem and confidence

·         improved postpartum mental health

·         improved relaxation

·         increased movement.

In addition, partners feel supported during the experience which helps parents to have a better and more supportive environment during and after childbirth.