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What is a Doula?

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A Doula, also referred to as a Labor Assistant, is an individual who offers one-on-one support for a woman in labor as well as her partner and family. ALACE Doulas provide continuous, uninterrupted care for the laboring woman and her partner, helping them participate fully in their experience by offering physical and emotional support and information about the birth process and their available options. Doulas also typically support pregnant women through portions of the prenatal and postpartum period.

Why hire a Doula?

The presence of a Doula can lead to a:

• 60% decrease in use of epidurals
• 50% decrease in cesarean sections
• 40% decrease in use of pitocin
• 30% decrease in use of pain medications (narcotics)
• 30% decrease in use of forceps

In addition, long-term benefits of labor support include:

• Improved breastfeeding
• Decreased postpartum depression
• Greater maternal satisfaction
• Better mother-infant interaction

(Information compiled from Mothering the Mother, by MH Klaus, JH Kennell, and PH Klaus; Addision Wesley Publishing Company, 1993).

 

 Birthing Information Resources:

www.alace.org - Information about role of Doula, birthing and breastfeeding resources

 www.activebirthcentre.com

Lots of great articles supporting active birth

www.breastfeeding.com 

Comprehensive website for mothers who are breastfeeding or thinking about breastfeeding. Articles, lactation consultant directory, breastfeeding art, latching-on video clip, support message boards, opportunities to “ask the experts”, etc.

 www.childbirth.org- Information about pregnancy and more

www.normalbirth.lamaze.org- resources for parents and educators

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