What is a birth doula?
Doula is a Greek word that means woman caregiver. Nowadays it is describing a person that is providing the expectant woman and her spouse of partner with on going emotional support and physical comfort. This person has been trained to be a labor assistant who can help them in gathering information they may need during and after the pregnancy.
Research done and released in Maternity Center Association states that, woman who received on going labor support had a decreased chance of needing:
- Epidural or another regional analgesia
- Any analgesia or anesthesia- (28% less likely)
- Forceps or vacuum extraction-(41% less likely)
- Cesarean Section-(26% less likely)
- being unsatisfied with the birth experience-(33% less likely)
Not only is it good for the Mother but it can also be very helpful to the partner. The extra support to the mother can give some extra calmness and comfort to the partner, and can also just be there to help put things together as far as who to contact when, what is needed at times and to make sure that during the laboring process that both mother and partner are doing ok, like making sure the partner is feeling ok or needs to eat something.