What is a Doula?

A doula is a special someone who supports women, their partners & families before, during labour, and during the post-partum period after the birth of their babies.

During pregnancy, they help their client to explore what their vision is for the child’s birth; during labour they provide continuous emotional and physical support, and after birth they provide support adjusting to life with a baby.

As an additional support to your partner, or as your sole support, having a doula at your birth has shown huge benefits including;

  • generally shorter labours
  • fewer complications
  • reduced needs for medical intervention such as pitocin, forceps, vacuum extraction or c-sections
  • higher success with breastfeeding
  • greater self-confidence as new parents
  • reduced likelihood of postpartum depression

Doula’s can also be of huge benefit during the post-partum period to help your family adjust to life at home with a baby. A doula may assist you with feeding (either breast or bottle), educating you on baby-care, offering helpful tips & assisting with light housework while you recover and nurture your baby.

The best part about having a doula present during your labour & birth or in the post-partum period is we are judgement free! We will offer you evidence based information if you are unsure of a choice you need to make, but we let you make the choices on what is best for you and your family and will support you and your wishes.

For more information on the benefits of doulas visit;

www.dona.org

www.ontariodoulas.org/

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