Maternal support practitioner.
A doula can be any and all of the above for their clients. Basically, a doula provides emotional and physical support to a birthing mother and her family during the prenatal, labor, and postpartum period. A doula does not supplant medical support, such as your physician or certified midwife, during the birthing process. Instead, we aim to complement those services.
Doulas provide evidence-based advice and educational information to expectant mothers before, during, and after a pregnancy. If you have questions about birth labor positions, breastfeeding, or how to swaddle your baby comfortably, your doula can be an excellent and affordable resource.
The benefits do not end there... A 2012 Cochrane Review publication has stated that doulas can help:
- Reduce the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth.
- Reduce the risk of cesarean section.
- Reduce the likelihood of using pain medication during labor.
- Reduce the likelihood that a mother will have negative memories of her pregnancy and labor experience.
- Reduce the likelihood that a baby will be admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, consider adding a doula to your birth support team. Bluebirds Maternity serves the Greater Boston area and as our client, we will provide you with: