Benefits of Having a Trained Birth and Post Natal Doula

Benefits of Having a Trained Birth and Post Natal Doula

A doulas primary and unique role is to encourage the birthing woman’s self confidence.  Whilst every member of the birthing team play an integral role in assisting the woman to birth her baby, the doula is there to be the mother’s constant companion and is comfortable and confident with the birthing process which is not only valuable for the birthing woman, it is very beneficial for the woman’s partner or even her chosen friend or relative who may also be present.

A doula can help a mother find positions that are most comfortable and effective, protect her privacy and create an atmosphere to prevent distractions, pressure or fears during the process and natural rhythm of each woman’s own labour experience.

According to research undertaken in the US, Klaus, Kennel and Klaus, authors of Mothering the Mother, “How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth” have identified the benefits of having a doula at your birth:

  • 50% reduction in caesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labour
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery
  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Decreased incidence of postpartum depression
  • Greater maternal satisfaction
  • Better mother-infant interaction

By hiring a doula a mother ensures:

  • She has a skilled set of hands ‘holding the space for her at home and/or in hospital’
  • She is surrounded by nurturing and caring energy
  • She has a reduced risk of unnecessary interventions

In the words from the video, Giving Birth: Challenges and Choices, by Suzanne Arms, “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

 

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