Why Doulas Should Be Part Of Your Birth Team

In my last post about midwives I spoke of a birth team…  a doula is an integral part of that birth team both prenatally, during your birth and as you transition to motherhood.  I did not have a doula at my births because I didn’t know about them (close to 10 years ago now…).  But I certainly know about them now – in my business I work closely with doulas and have even trained as a doula myself!  In honour of world doula week here are a few things about doulas that I think you should know along with a few sites I think you should check out.

  • Having a doula at your birth tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • Having a doula can reduce negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • Having a doula may reduce the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • Having a doula can reduce the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Here are some great links to sites about doulas that are well worth reading:

http://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

http://www.birthtakesavillage.com/5-tips-selecting-vancouver-doula/

http://mamagoddessbirthshop.myshopify.com/pages/locate-a-doula