What is a Doula? "A Doula is a woman who provides continuous emotional, physical, and informational support during conception, pregnancy, labor, birth, and immediately after birth."
Does a Doula replace the partner? A Doula does not replace the partner. She supports both the mother and the partner, and plays a crucial role in helping the partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable.
What effects does the presence of a Doula have on birth outcomes?
tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications.
reduces negative feelings about one's birth experience.
tends to reduce the need for interventions.
tends to reduce the need for pain relief as well as incidence of cesareans.
What effects does the presence of a Doula have on the mother? When a doula is present during and after childbirth, women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, and tend to have less postpartum depression.
Does a Doula makes decisions on my behalf? A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene with their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman's decisions.
Who is Lyla? Lyla is my second child. My first child was born via cesarean section; Lyla was my VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) baby. "Lyla's Birth" is what made me decide to become a Doula!
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