What is a doula?
- A professional who is experienced in childbirth.
- An individual who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support before, during, and after childbirth.
A doula’s job is to help patients have a safe, memorable, and empowering birth experience. If you are having your baby at the Birth Center and choose to work with a doula, this service is provided at no additional cost to you.
What does a doula do?
- They provide physical and emotional support during labor.
- They facilitate communication among patients, families and the healthcare team.
A doula does not provide any type of medical care.
Studies have shown that having a doula present at birth, patients are more likely to:
- Have a normal, vaginal birth and avoid a cesarean birth.
- Avoid using pain medication during labor.
- Have positive feelings about childbirth.
- Have a shorter labor.
- Have a healthy baby.
How can I arrange for a doula?
Tell your healthcare provider as soon as you know that you want to work with a doula. You can ask to work with a doula at any point in
your birth process.