Doula Services

What is a doula?

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

The film below explains some real experiences with a doula.*

*Filmed for a video challenge sponsored by Birth Matters Virginia, this seven minute documentary discusses the role of doulas during childbirth.

Reasons to hire a doula:

Women supported by a doula during labor have been shown to have*:

  • C-Sections reduced by 50%
  • Length of labor reduce by 25%
  • Pitocin use reduced by 40%
  • Use of narcotics reduced by 30%
  • Forceps reduced by 30%
  • Epidurals reduced by 60%

Long-term benefits of using a doula*:

  • Improved breastfeeding outcomes
  • INcreased time spent with baby
  • Increased maternal satisfaction with birth experience
  • Decreased postpartum depression

*Information was obtained from Mother the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth. Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993)