The loss or impending loss of a pregnancy is a terrible experience to be faced with. I have partnered with Stillbirthday to ensure you aren’t alone. ***Caution to my pregnant mamas, Stillbirthday contains sensitive material about pregnancy and infant loss. Please avoid reading further if this may upset you.
Doulas reduce the labor time, reduce the need for medication, and reduce the need for Cesarean. Plus, there is the added bonus of a women there to support you.
The benefits of a trained doula are:
- Continuous emotional and physical support for the birthing family.
- Support for the father, which increases his confidence in his role.
- Knowledge and experience in the birthing process.
Studies have also shown:
- 50% reduction in cesarean birth
- 30% reduction in requests for pain medication
- 60% fewer requests for epidural anesthesia
- 25% decrease in the length of labor
- 30% decrease in use of Pitocin
- Reduction of medical cost
- Increased breastfeeding success
- Greater overall satisfaction
Source: Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus, Mothering the Mother, New York, Addison-Wesley, 1993.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
- tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
- reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Research shows parents who receive support can:
- Feel more secure and cared for
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Have greater self-confidence
- Have less postpartum depression
- Partner’s have more confidence in their ability to assist in the birth.
Why the word “tear” is the scariest part about actually “tearing”. Any suggestions on a new word would be welcomed.
Some may say it’s a placebo, but I say if it makes you feel good why not?