There are many benefits of having a Doula. Having a Doula means that women are more likely to have a vaginal birth and less likely to have medications for pain relief. Many women have reported that having Doula Services helped them have a more positive childbirth experience.
During labour, Doulas use the power of physical contact, such as massage and touch, to reduce anxiety and stress. Massage helps produce natural oxytocin. Natural oxytocin is secreted by the pituitary gland, which causes uterine contractions (and drowsiness, as well as an increased pain threshold).
Throughout labour, delivery and beyond, a Doula offers many services. In some cases, doctors and midwives may change shifts, while in others, they may only be present during the final stages of birth. On the other hand, Doulas usually meet with you before birth and stay with you during labour and delivery. They often check on your progress postpartum if you’re breastfeeding and ensure the baby is latching properly.
Doulas can reduce labour time, reduce anxiety among moms and coaches, reduce medical interventions (including C-sections) and improve bonding between mother and baby after birth. Since many Doulas are also lactation consultants, their assistance has been shown to increase breastfeeding success.
It’s essential to hire a Doula if you’re going through childbirth all by yourself, either by choice or because your partner can’t be there (because of military deployment).