1) What is a doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
2) I plan to use medication for pain, do I still need a doula?
Although epidurals are effective relieving pain most of the time, there are things your epidural can not do for you. Your epidural will not:
- Give you a massage
- Provide you with information about your options
- Get you ice chips
- Give your partner a break
- Be reassuring and nurturing
- Help you with breathing
- Help you with breastfeeding
- Take photographs
Nothing can take the place of a comforting touch or words of encouragement. The use of a doula and an epidural can give the experience that you desire and allow you to focus on the birth of your baby.
3) Why do I need a doula?
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