WHAT IS A "DOULA'?
a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A DOULA?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team :
decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%
the length of labor by 25%
the use of oxytocin by 40%,
requests for an epidural by 60%.2