"The Doula". This video was created by CAPPA Canada, and is a compilation of testimonials from mothers, fathers, and families who had doula care throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
The long term postpartum benefits influenced by labour support include:
the mothers emotional state
interaction with her partner
bonding with her baby
an increase in breastfeeding success
an increase in self-esteem
a higher perception of the baby
increased maternal satisfaction
the sense of a positive birth experience
BENEFITS of having a Doula:
Over the past several years, numerous studies have been conducted demonstrating the positive benefits of continuous labour/doula support. These studies all show that the presence of labour support affects not only medical, but postpartum and long term outcomes as well.
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"Do You Doula?" This is a short 7 minute documentary discussing the role of the doula by families who have worked with doula.
"The Essential Ingredient : Doula." Created by DONA International, this documentary is about birth and postpartum doulas.
"How similar are the roles of a Midwife and a Doula?" This quick clip explains the differences between the support offered by a midwife and the support offered by a doula.
Medically, labour support is shown to:
Decrease the rate of caesarean sections
Reduce the length of labour
Reduce the use of pain medications and epidurals
Reduce the instance of instrumental deliveries
Doulas DO NOT:
Perform clinical tasks such as taking blood pressure, checking fetal heart tones, and performing vaginal exams.
Speak to the clinical staff on your behalf.
Make decisions for you. Your doula will help you gather all the information necessary for you to make an informed decision.
A doula also provides support and guidance for the partner.
The name doula (pronouced doo-lah), is an ancient Greek word meaning, "woman who serves". Typically, a doula is defined as, "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support before, during, and after childbirth."