If you’re feeling nervous, anxious, afraid or even unsure about the confidence of your pregnancy, maybe opting for a doula would be the right decision for you.
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, a doula is considered “a woman whose job is to give advice and comfort to a woman who is giving birth.” In other words, they are your right hand woman. Doulas act as your support system during your pregnancy, guiding and supporting you to ensure that you have a safe, positive, supportive and unforgettable birthing experience. Here are some reasons why opting for a doula may be beneficial to your pregnancy:
- Studies have shown that having a doula present during labor increases the number of positive birth outcomes. Doulas exhort positive energy that resonates throughout the entire birthing experience.
- Doulas speak the language of labor. They are trained professionals who have an expertise in the birthing field. They are well-equipped with knowledge and can provide you with adequate information in order to help you have a smooth and easy experience.
- Doulas have the ability to reduce stress during pregnancy. Through the power of their hands, doulas can provide you with body massages which can act as a non-pharmacological pain relief technique.
- They have your best interests at heart. Although they cannot substitute for a doctor or a nurse, doulas provide you with on-going support and they can play a big role in the decision-making process.
- In most cases, doulas are usually mothers themselves. Doulas provide you with greater knowledge through their own personal experiences and studies. They will help you understand the delivery procedures and guide you through any possible labor complications.
- They will provide comfort for not only you but also your partner. Doulas will teach your husband (and maybe even children) how to be involved and play a supportive and active role throughout your pregnancy.
- Studies show that with the support of a doula, women are less likely to need a C-section or request more pain medication throughout the labor process.
- Women who have been supported by doulas in the past have also proven to have experienced shorter labor with reduced pain.
- Long term benefits of using a doula include decreased postpartum depression, improved breastfeeding and an overall positive maternal assessment of your baby’s health.
- Doulas keep you cool, calm and collected. They help you in any shape or form in whatever way they can. Doulas are overall a positive and enlightening addition to your pregnancy experience and they can act as an extra set of ears, eyes, and hands.