Why do you need a doula?


Why do you need a Doula?

 

The most important things a doula brings is her undivided attention, emotional, physical, and informational support and her total belief in a mother's ability to give birth.

 


The defining characteristic of Doula care is continuous, uninterrupted, emotional and physical support of the women and her partner for the duration of labour and childbirth.

 

 

 

The Doula can use different kinds of touch, massage and positioning, depending on what the mother finds helpful, or she may offer a soothing or reassuring voice. Studies have documented that a Doula’s touch and support leads to reduced pain – or, at the very least, the mother’s perception of reduced pain.

 

 

 

A worldwide study, involving more than 1500 women, found that mothers who received Doula support were the ones with the shortest labours. Other benefits found in this study by Klaus et al. include:

 

 

 

 

• Greater than 50% drop in caesarean births

• 30% reduction in the mother’s need for medication

• 60% reduction in epidural requests

• 40% reduction in forceps delivery

 

 

What will a Doula do for me?

A Doula:

• recognizes childbirth as a key life experience that the mother will always remember

• understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour

• assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth

• provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman gain access to the information she needs to make informed decisions

• facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner, and medical care providers

• perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of her birth experience

 

Beyond labour: Benefits to mother and baby after birth

The benefits of Doula support do not end after the labour and birth. Worldwide research shows:

• Better attachment and bonding between mother and baby

• Reduced need for medical intervention

• Reduced incidence of post partum depression

• Improved mother and baby well-being

• Positive feelings about labour and birth Doulas are becoming increasingly visible and important in our labour wards because of the positive effect that they are having on all who are involved in the birth process. Every woman deserves to have a positive and memorable birth experience. Having a Doula with you during your labour and birth will help you to achieve this goal. Doulas can make a difference for you in your birth experience.

 

 

These are the facts, now you choose!

 

 

WOMBS is a registered doula organization for qualified South African doulas, with the aim of continuously updating their members and ensuring quality of care.

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I am living my dream while working with mums and babies. I see mums when they are 34 weeks pregnant and then go to their homes once they go into labour. I stay for the full duration of the labour and after the birth I assist them with breast feeding. I do another visit after the birth to see that all is well and to help where I can.  Mums are always welcome to call me in the event that they have any questions, whether before or after the birth. I am passionate about my work as a doula and I care and love all the families with which I work. Once you have been present at a birth you feel part of the family and it’s wonderful to hear news of the new baby’s life as he or she grows.

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