Are you pregnant and looking for extra support during your birth journey? Have you considered working with a Doula? If you have been thinking about it but still can't decide, we have put together our top 5 reasons a Doula could be right for you. Learn about the benefits and all of the ways in which they will support you and your birth journey!
1. Doulas Are All About You
During your pregnancy a Doula's number one priority is to make you feel supported. Whether that be answering your 1, 10 or 100 questions or by being accessible via e-mail, call or text, a Doula will ensure that you feel safe, respected and heard. During your labour while the rest of your team of healthcare practitioners work on keeping the baby safe, your Doula's focus is on you and your comfort supporting you physically and emotionally during your time of need.
2. Calming Energy
Labour can be a period filled with unknowns and questions that can lead to uncertainty and anxiety. When you have a doula, they are there to help normalize what you are experiencing, answer questions, and calm your anxieties. They are your support system and continue to be throughout your entire birth experience.
*partners, friends and/or family members supporting you in your birth are welcome to attend.
3. Proven Benefits Of Having A Doula
Studies have shown that when Doulas attend births, labours are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. In fact Doulas are so important, the World Heath Organization has recommended that every mama-to-be have one.
A Doula's support can:
- shorten labour by about 1.5 hours
- decrease chance of cesarean birth by 51%
- decrease the use for pain medication by 36%
- reduce the need for pitocin by 71%
- reduce the need for forceps by 57%
- help partners participate with confidence
- facilitate mother-baby bonding & breastfeeding
4. Support For Your Partner
Birth can be a challenging time for your partner too. They will be full of questions and concerns, wondering how best to support you. Your Doula plays a crucial role in helping your partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable. They can answer your partner's questions, provide reassurance and they can ease any fears allowing you to concentrate on you and your little one.
5.Your Doula Will Be Your Personal Resource Guide
One of your Birth Doula's most important roles is to educate you about the birth process and provide you with information so you can feel confident and ready for delivery.
Your Doula will offer educated advice in a personal, nonclinical way, that will address any of your specific concerns towards your pregnancy.
FREE: Doula Information Session
Mon Apr 1st 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Join other expectant parents who are interested in learning more about doula care in Toronto. These sessions answer specific questions about what birth and postpartum doulas do, what a typical doula package includes, and explain how doulas work with partners and care providers. This is a great opportunity to meet local doulas without making any commitments towards hiring.
Come alone or bring partners, friends or family members who might be supporting you.