"doula" is the greek word for 'female servant', a woman who supports others through major life experiences. A birth doula is professionally trained in childbirth to provide emotional, physical, educational and spiritual support to a birthing woman in pregnancy, birth and beyond.
The doula’s purpose is to support the birth giver to have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience.
In the role of a doula we honour and...
Statistics that support the attendance of a doula at your birth...
Benefits during birth
51% reduction in Caesarean rate
25% shorter length in labour
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in Syntocinon use (synthetic oxytocin)
35% reduction in analgesics (pain relief medication)
40% reduction in forceps/vacuum deliveries
Long Term benefits
Improved success with breastfeeding
Increased time with baby and easier bonding
Increased maternal satisfaction
Reduced Post natal Depression (PND)
[“How a Doula can help you have a shorter, easier and healthier birth” - Klaus, Kennel & Klaus (USA)]
This information was taken from the notes that I received in the Celebration of Birth course with Anna Watts, 2017
Thank you to Anna for her generosity of heart and information to support us in this quest.