Benefits of a Birth Doula

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
  • reduces the requests for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of cesareans

What about Dad?

At times a father may not understand a woman’s instinctive behavior during birth and may react anxiously to what a doula knows to be the normal process of birth. He may witness his partner in pain and understandably become distressed. The doula can be reassuring and skillfully help the mother to cope with labor pain in her unique way.

The father’s presence and loving support in birth is comforting and reassuring. The love he shares with the mother and his child and his need to nurture and protect his family are priceless gifts that only he can provide. With her partner and a doula at birth, a mother can have the best of both worlds - her partner’s loving care and attention and the doula’s expertise and guidance in birth.

Does a Birth Doula perform medical procedures?

No. Doulas do not perform medical procedures nor do they prescribe medications. Doulas will not take your blood pressure, temperature, or monitor the fetal heart rate of the baby. Doulas will not perform vaginal exams or provide postpartum clinical care.

Doulas are there to comfort and support the mother and to provide mothers with the tools to empower themselves to enhance communication between themselves and the medical staff. Doulas will not make decisions for your or intervene with medical professionals in their providing you with clinical care. A doula will provide informational and emotional support, while respecting the mother's decisions.