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Basic Information About What to
Expect From a Doula
KonzaBaby Doula Services are available to families
in our local area prenatally, during labor and for postpartum care. Doulas provide emotional and physical
support during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. They call
themselves many things including: Childbirth Assistant, Labor Support
Professional, Birth Assistant, Birth Companion, etc.
The acceptance of doulas in
maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important
contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of
mothers and infants.
A doula provides:
|explanations of medical procedures
|advice during pregnancy
|exercise and physical suggestions to make
pregnancy more comfortable
|help with preparation of a birth plan
|massage and other non-pharmacological pain
|positioning suggestions during labor and birth
|helps support the partner so that they can love
and encourage the laboring woman
|avoid unnecessary interventions
|help with breastfeeding preparation and
|written record of the birth
|many other possibilities that vary from doula
What Can A Doula Do For Me?
According to Mothering
the Mother, How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth,
by Kennell, Klaus, and Kennell (1993), having a doula can give you a:
|50% reduction in cesarean rates
|25% shorter labor
|60% reduction in epidural requests
|40% reduction in oxytocin (pitocin) use
|30% reduction in analgesia use
|40% reduction in forceps delivery
Questions To Ask Your Doula
|Does she provide prenatal and/or postpartum
|What can you expect during these visits, if
|How many births has she attended?
|Can she provide references?
|What form of training has she had?
|What types of births has she witnessed
(Cesarean, epidural, intervention free, VBAC, teen birth, etc.)?
|Has she ever worked with your care provider or
at your place of birth?
|Does she has back-up arrangements available?
|What will her role be in early labor?
|Will she provide labor support at your home
prior to going to the place of birth?
|Is she familiar with many methods of
|How does she define her role during labor and
|Does her fee include postpartum doula care and
does she offer these services?
KonzaBaby Doula Links
We offer prenatal, labor and postpartum doula
services. For more information, please contact us.
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