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: