Not to be confused with midwives or nurses, nor meant to replace partners or eager grandmothers, birth doulas provide a mom-to-be with the emotional and physical support she needs to carry out a healthy delivery, which can also include prenatal care. Their role is to encourage the laboring mom, keep her informed, hold her hand and rub her back, and involve any relatives that are around in the birth.
Studies have shown that the presence of doulas decreases the number of caesarian sections and epidurals, increases breastfeeding rates and creates an overall positive birth experience. Some doulas also provide postpartum support, attending to the needs of both mom and baby.
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Article courtesy of Mission Local