Definition of a Doula

The word doula originates from an ancient Greek word meaning "a woman who serves"; though today the term is used as a title for an experienced childbirth professional trained in providing physical, emotional, educational and spiritual support before, during and after childbirth. Doulas provide support to the expecting mother and family to help you find your own voice and make informed decisions that are best for you, your baby and your family. 


Numerous studies have shown that the presence of a doula during labor and birth results in:

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin

  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section

  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery

  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

Parents who receive continuous support such as that of a doula tend to:

  • Feel more secure and cared for

  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics

  • Have greater success with breastfeeding

  • Have greater self-confidence

  • Have less postpartum depression

  • Have lower incidence of abuse                                                                                                                      

* information gathered from The Cochrane Collaboration Review: Continuous support for women during childbirth.
 Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Weston J. Continuous support for women during childbirth.Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub3.



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Melodie Fallon 

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