6 Things A Doula Does That Makes Them Indispensable

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Having a doula during pregnancy, labor or after childbirth has proven to be extremely beneficial for any woman. Being trained professionals, doulas can provide you with credible information about childbirth, pregnancy and postnatal care. They are good listeners who make sure your demands are heard and communicate it with the doctor. They also guide your partner on how to assist you during childbirth.

Doulas are an integral part of the support system that you would need all through your pregnancy and labor. A doula is a trained professional who understands each and every nuance of the birthing process. Their knowledge helps them to assist both your physical and psychological demands while you are in labor.

Scientific researchers have proved that women who give birth in the presence of their doulas are much happier and don’t usually need many medical interventions. Since many are still unaware of what exactly a doula does for a pregnant woman, here’s a list of 6 such things.

1. Educates You On Your Birthing Process

Educate You On Your Birthing Process

Doulas impart you with critical information about the physiological and psychological changes you might undergo during a pregnancy and labor. It’s important to remember that the duties of a doula are not equivalent to those of an OB/GYN. In fact, they are aware enough to understand whether your birthing process would need the assistance of a doctor.

2. Boosts Your Self-Confidence

doulas encourage a woman in labor

Pregnancy and childbirth are indeed some of the most demanding phases of life. Concerns about how painful the labor would be and how healthy your and your newborn would be are pretty common. Having access to a doula during your pregnancy will help you stay calm.1

Since they have seen a lot of childbirths, you can open up to them about your weirdest and worst fears. Most doulas are good listeners who will give you all the support you are seeking. This includes even a shoulder to cry when you are feeling distressed.

3. Soothes Your Physical Pain

doulas can massage and relieve pain

A doula will instruct you about exercises and stretches you should practice during your pregnancy to help you go into labor with minimal complications. During labor, a doula will be watchful of how your body is reacting to each contraction. They will give you a relaxing massage to relieve the physical tension and pain you are going through.

4. Encourages Your Partner’s Involvement

the presence of a doula and partner during labor

For many women in labor, their partner along with doula form their emotional backbone during the process. In fact, a doula understands the amount of stress your partner goes through too during labor. They encourage your partner to be well-rested and nourished so that he can support you during labor.2

5. Facilitates Talks With Your Healthcare Provider

doulas discuss your demands with the doctor

Doulas can understand medical jargon and will be a great help in making you understand how your labor is progressing. Although they will not speak on your behalf to the doctors, they will make sure that your demands on how to give birth are communicated correctly to the hospital staff.

6. Provides Postnatal Care

doula teaches postnatal care

From guiding you on breastfeeding techniques to even eating after labor, your doula will have your back in almost every aspect of postnatal care. They will instruct you on how to take care of your body after labor and show you how to keep your newborn comfortable.

A doula is indeed an asset, especially since they are taught and trained to take utmost care of you, your newborn and your partner during labor. All you have to do is accept their assistance graciously as they will be eager to help you sail through your pregnancy with ease.

References   [ + ]

1.Hodnett, Ellen D., Simon Gates, G. Justus Hofmeyr, Carol Sakala, and Julie Weston. “Continuous support for women during childbirth.” Cochrane Database Syst Rev 10 (2012).
2.Klaus, Marshall H., John H. Kennell, and Phyllis H. Klaus. Mothering the mother. Reading: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. 1993

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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