Your Bay Area Doula - Labor Support, Childbirth Education and Placenta Encapsulation
What is a Doula?
 
Birth Doula: A woman trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period.
 
Postpartum Doula: A woman trained to care for new families in the first weeks after birth providing household help, advice with newborn care and infant feeding, and emotional support.
 
How doulas practice:
Privately, hired directly by clients
As hospital employees
As volunteers in community or hospital programs
 
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Why You and Your Baby Deserve a Doula
 
Although the idea is centuries old, the benefits of a Doulas one-on-one care have only recently been documented in several separate studies. Studies of Doula assisted births worldwide showed decreases in:
Cesarean birth by 51%
Pitocin use by 71%
Narcotics use by 35%
Forceps use by 57%
Length of labor by 98 minutes
 
Even among the best-educated and best-supported women in North America, the latest studies show that having Doula support decreases:
Cesarean birth by 21%
Forceps/vacuum extraction use by 32%
Epidural use by 16%
 
Effects on birth outcomes: Eleven studies showed the following effects of doula support...

-Labors are shorter
-Greater satisfaction with childbirth
-Babies have shorter hospital stays and fewer admissions to special care nurseries
- The cost of obstetrical care is dramatically reduced
- Women are pleased with the personalized care doulas offer
 
The benefit of continuous support in labor is recognized by:
The World Health Organization, The Medical Leadership Council (an organization of over 1200 U.S. hospitals), The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada

Your Bay Area Doula
Labor Support, Childbirth Education and Placenta Encapsulation
Benica, Ca
(707)980-4582
Benicia Doula