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What is a Birth Doula?

Doula is a Greek word meaning a woman who serves. In maternity care, a Birth Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical and emotional support to a mother and her partner during labor and delivery. Doulas providevidence-based information and resources, and encourage informed decision making. A Birth Doula supports a mother and her partner so that they can advocate for the birth experience that they desire.

Doula support in maternity care results:

  • 30% reduction in cesarean birth

  • Reduced need for artificial induction

  • Reduced need for pain medication

  • Increased positive birth experiences 

Photo Credit: Cristina King

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