“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical NOT to use it.”
-John H. Kennell, M.D.
Doula (Doo’-luh) comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “woman who serves,” and is now used to describe a trained birth professional, who provides physical and emotional support to the birthing mother and her partner, during labor and throughout the birthing year. Some doulas are also postpartum doulas. Their role is to offer support and education to the new parents during the postpartum fourth trimester, while assisting with newborn care and family adjustment.
Why use a doula? Research and clinical studies have shown that having a doula present during labor:
tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
reduces the need for interventions and drugs
helps the parents feel more supported and cared for, reducing the negative and fearful feelings sometimes associated with childbirth
helps reduce postpartum depression
encourages greater success with breastfeeding, enhancing the bond with the infant
Koru is now offering doula services! For more information on our doulas, and other ways to maintain prenatal health, please call or email us!
Have you ever used a doula? How did it impact your birth experience? Leave a comment, and let us know what you think.
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