What does a doula do?
They provide mothers and families comfort during labor.
They provide emotional and physical support throughout the birthing process.
They help to facilitate communication among mothers, families and the health care providers.
A doula does not provide any type of medical care.
Studies have shown that having a doula present at birth:
- Tends to result in shorter labor;
- Reduces the need for a labor-inducing drug;
- Reduces the need for the use of forceps or vacuum extraction;
- Decreases the likelihood of having a cesarean birth;
- Reduces the mother’s request for pain medicines and/or epidurals.
How can I arrange for a doula?
There are doula services available in the metro area that are able to assist mothers at HCMC.
Here are two recommended organizations:
Everyday Miracles is committed to reducing health disparities and improving birth outcomes for moms at-risk for poor birth outcomes. We strive to provide compassionate, culturally aware support and a non-judgmental, welcoming community.
Most of our services are available at zero out-of-pocket to those on a Medicaid health care plan. They are also open to the entire community, with a focus on accessibility.
The Twin Cities Doula Project
Twin Cities Doula Project is a group of doulas who are working together to provide free labor support to moms who want a doula but can’t afford one. We believe that professional doula services are invaluable and would encourage any family who can to seek out and hire a paid doula. For those who cannot afford to do so, we extend an offer of our support. Every mother deserves a doula, and we hope that our small project will contribute towards DONA’s vision of a doula for every mother who wants one.