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Should I Hire a Birth Doula?

Women who use doulas report fewer cesarean sections, reduced need for pain relief, and greater satisfaction when they reflect back on their birth experience. Wondering whether a doula is right for you? Here’s a look at what you can expect. What do doulas do? A doula is a nonmedical professional trained to provide continuous emotional and physical support to women during childbirth. Doulas aim to help you have a positive birth experience on your terms. Most doulas work with women and their partners beginning in pregnancy, meeting to build rapport, provide information about the birth process, and discuss their birth plan. For the weeks leading up to your birth, a doula is on call and prepared to meet you when you go into labor. Your doula will stay with you throughout your labor. He or she may massage your lower back, suggest techniques for speeding up labor, or place cold compresses on your forehead to keep you comfortable. As someone knowledgeable in the physiologic process of childbirth and in hospital processes, your doula can help you navigate the birth experience by asking the right questions so you can make informed decisions during labor. Doulas usually remain for one or two hours after birth and schedule a meeting at least once postpartum. How will my partner fit in with a doula present? Doulas are careful to follow your lead. If your partner would like to be your main support, your doula will focus on helping him or her as well as you. Birth can be a long process — sometimes longer than 48 hours — and exhausting for partners, as well as for laboring women. Having another person to heat up hot packs, pick up food, and provide cheerleading can be invaluable. Do doulas only aid in natural childbirth? Many people envision doulas as entirely focused on natural, unmedicated births. It’s true that doulas are experts at using massage, movement, heat, and more to provide non-pharmacologic pain relief. However, a doula’s primary goal is to provide the support you and your partner want. For example, if you choose to have an epidural, you’re typically restricted to staying in bed, but studies suggest that movement and maintaining an upright position may reduce the length of your labor. Your doula will help you to move from side to side and rotate between side-lying positions and sitting up to aid labor.



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