Pregnancy is a joyous time, but the idea of labor and delivery can be frightening for many women. Building a support team is an important part of the birthing experience for most mothers; having people you can count on to help you through the process of delivery can mean the difference in a successful birth and a stressful and complicated one.
Not everyone has the support system they need built into their social circle. Others just prefer additional support, coaching, and encouragement from an experienced professional. These people are best served by a birth doula.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a highly trained counselor and coach. They provide support, advice, and encouragement to a laboring mother throughout the process of delivery. They can also provide emergency medical assistance if necessary.
It is important to note that a doula does not replace a doctor or nurse. For safety, it is advised that one of these medical professionals be present during even natural childbirth. However, the emotional support of a doula is something that is not found through traditional medical providers – and that is exactly why so many women prefer to add them to their labor and delivery care team.
Advantages of Working with a Doula
What are the perks of working with a doula? Besides emotional support, the presence of a doula is a constant, steady one throughout your labor. Unlike doctors and nurses who may come in and out of the room as needed, your doula will be by your side throughout the process.
Women who work with doulas report better birth outcomes and shorter labor times. They also are 80%-90% less likely to require emergency intervention – such as a cesarian section procedure – than women who labor without a doula. It’s amazing what the addition of one more person to your care team can do to transform your laboring experience!
For more information on finding a Morris County birth doula, contact local providers today.