Why Hire a Doula?
BETTER BIRTH OUTCOMES
Studies following birthing people with doulas have shown a decrease in: cesareans, requests for an epidural, length of labor, and use of oxytocin. With a doula attending their birth, women have also reported having a more positive birthing experience.
2. DOULAS HELP PARTNERS
Doulas guide your partner on to help you throughout your labor and birth and instill confidence so they can be as hands-on or as hands-off as they'd like to be. We're also good at making sure your partner is taking care of themselves so they can savor every moment.
3. DOULAS HELP DO RESEARCH AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (ANYTIME!)
All those questions you have between appointments with your care provider we're happy to help answer if we can or refer you the right people to ask! At North Shore Doula we love to work with evidence-based research and are happy to send you up-to-date peer reviewed studies so you can make sure you're getting the most current information to make decisions that are right for you.
There are so many pain relief methods during labor and birth that don't involve anything other than words of encouragement and a doula or partner normalizing your experience.
5. HELP FORMULATE YOUR "BIRTH PLAN"
Really trying to go without an epidural? Dead set on having one? Regardless of how you feel about it, our job is to make sure you know your choices, your rights, and make sure you are informed of your options. We talk about many different aspects of birth and situations allowing you to feel fully in control of your choices and understand alternatives, benefits, and risks.
Need more info? Here are some links to evidence-based research on why doulas are beneficial.
Don’t feel like reading a ton of PubMed scholarly articles about labor support and doulas? I’ll summarize a couple actual, proven benefits to hiring a doula here:
In 2013, a Cochrane Database systematic review of 23 individual studies concluded that “all women should have continuous support during labour,” and that trained doulas are the most effective at providing continuous labor support (Hodnett, Gates, Hofmeyr, & Sakala, 2013).
A 2008 study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded that doula support was among the most effective of the 41 birth practices reviewed—one of only three to receive an “A” grade (Berghella, Baxter, & Chauhan, 2008).
A joint statement of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released in February 2014 found that continuous labor support is among “the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes” and is likely underused (Caughey et al., 2014).