Why a Doula Should Be Part Of Your Birth Team

Why I Love Doulas

In my last post about midwives I spoke of a birth team. A doula is an integral part of that birth team both prenatally, during your birth and as you transition to motherhood.

I did not have a doula at my births (close to 10 years ago now!) because I didn’t know about them, but I certainly know about them now – in my business I work closely with doulas and have even trained as a doula myself! 

In honour of World Doula Week here are a few things about doulas that I think you should know along with a few sites I think you should check out.

  • Having a doula at your birth tends to result in shorter labour with fewer complications
  • Having a doula can help reduce negative feelings about your childbirth experience
  • Having a doula may reduce the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction, and cesareans
  • Having a doula can reduce the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Here are some great links to sites about doulas that are well worth reading: