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Studies show that women who have a Doula present at their birth are less likely to have cesarean sections, have fewer requests for pain management and labor inducing drugs, and have shorter labors with fewer complications. Babies often have higher Apgar scores and are shown to breastfeed more easily!
A Birth Doula
~Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all of her life.
~Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
~Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
~Understands the role of her partner and respects it.
~Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout labor.
~Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions.
~Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers.
~Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience.