Birth is one of the biggest moments in any parent’s life. Filled with uncertainty and a tad bit of anxiety, birth requires a support system. A doula’s job is to offer that support to both the mother and her partner. This allows them both to relinquish their concerns and focus on the birth without worry. A doula is there to stand-in when someone needs rest, run to get ice chips, squeeze hips (and hands). To facilitate a relaxing birth environment. A doula can offer unbiased emotional support while also being an advocate for the parents when things feel too intense to handle on their own. A doula tends to be an educator, guiding the parents to resources they seek while also informing them of the choices available to them.
Doulas are knowledgeable in the birthing process; however, they are not always medical professionals and do not replace the care of a Doctor or a Midwife. While not the most popular choice, a demand for the presence of doulas during birth has been increasing over the years.
While all that sounds great, what benefits are attached to Doula care?
Benefits of Doula Care
Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%. Studies are also supporting the fact that doulas present at birth can increase the success rates of breast feeding and even postpartum healing.
Maternal Massage Doula’s
Along with regular prenatal massage, utilizing a doula can offer you the most physical and emotional support you can find. Here at Maternal Massage, we have trained Doulas ready to assist you and your partner. If one of ours don’t fit your needs, we also partner with many others.
If you are considering hiring a Doula or have more questions regarding Doula care, feel free to contact us at (385) 351-5626 or ask about it at your next appointment!