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Pregnancy & Birth Services by Kristin Fannin

 

WHAT IS A DOULA?

So, you may be wondering: What is a doula? And why do I need one? The answer is essentially this: a doula is an emotional, physical, and educational support to you during your pregnancy & child-birthing experience, in a way that is uniquely catered to your needs as an individual. And as individuals, we all deserve to be heard, loved, respected, and embraced for who we are. The same is true for the support you receive in your pregnancy & childbirth choices, decisions, and desired outcomes. A doula protects that, and advocates it for you. But don't just take my word for it; let the research speak for itself. . .


There have been countless scientific trials performed to demonstrate the benefits of doula care and the impact it has on improving the physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. One such study, conducted by Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronoto, came to the conclusion that "Continuous support during labour has clinically meaningful benefits for women and infants and no known harm. All women should have support throughout labour and birth." In 2017, the ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) Committee on Obstetric Practice stated: "Evidence suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, continuous one-to-one emotional support provided by support personnel, such as a doula, is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor."  Some additional resources that you might enjoy are Benefits of a DoulaDoulas Improve Birth (an article delving into the research done by 17 leading maternity experts, titled A Blue-Print for Advancing High-Value Maternity Care Through Physiological Childbearing), and 5 Reasons You May Want a Birth Doula During Your Cesarean Birth