Rock Bend Birth Services

What is a doula?

 A doula (DOO-la)  is a professional labor assistant.  She literally 'mothers the mother' by providing support before, during, and after a birth.

What Does a Doula Do?

•  A doula is an educated birth professional who seeks to honor all births.

•  A doula provides emotional and physical support to a woman in labor. 

•  Doulas provide information about healthy pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care to families.

•  Doulas help facilitate the mother's birth plan.

By utilizing a doula, a woman can experience:

• 50% reduction in cesarean rates

• 25% shorter labor

• 60% reduction in epidural requests

• 40% reduction in artificial oxytocin (Pitocin) usage

• 30% reduction in analgesia (drug) usage

• 40% reduction in forceps delivery

What Does a Doula NOT Do?

•  A doula does not replace the mother's birth partner; she provides support to the laboring couple.

•  A doula does not provide medical or midwifery care or do physical evaluations.

•  A doula does not make decisions for the family, but rather provides information to help them in their choices.


know your options ~ trust your body ~ love your birth 



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