Why Hire a Doula?

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

– John H. Kennell, M.D.

The Piedmont Area Doula Association states 10 reasons to hire a DOULA on its web site. As a member of this organization, I quote these here:

  1. Your birth experience matters.  The way that you are supported, cared for and informed throughout the birth will remain with you through life.
  2. Doulas are team players.  Although they seek to affirm all other caregivers, a doula is uniquely trained to handle the non-medical aspects of birth.
  3. Birth holds many unknowns.  A doula will help give you confidence to anticipate your birth as a natural, positive experience.
  4. Doulas are often instrumental in helping Dad or another birth partner assist you.  Dad will probably enjoy the experience more too!
  5. Doula-assisted births statistically show a lower incidence of medical interventions of all kinds.
  6. Doula-assisted births statistically show a higher level of maternal satisfaction, mother-infant bonding and breastfeeding success.
  7. Doula-assisted births statistically produce a greater sense of accomplishment and esteem in the birthing mother, as well as less postpartum depression.
  8. A doula will make herself available to get to know you and your birth preferences, and will help you prepare accordingly.
  9. A doula will meet you where you are, help you see where you will be, and walk with you until you have arrived.

10. Having a doula has no known risks.

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DONA International, of which I am a member, has produced this video that so well demonstrates all of the advantages of having a doula with you during your pregnancy, labor, and childbirth.