Videos

"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

  • postpartum behaviour

  • 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.

What's a Doula?

 














 

 

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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."