Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary

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What About The Father’s Role When Using A Doula?

Antepartum Doulas 

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Why Hire A Doula?

Antepartum Doulas provide help and support to a mother who has been put on bed rest or is experiencing a high risk-pregnancy. They provide informational, emotional, physical and practical support in circumstances that are often stressful, confusing and emotionally draining.

What's a Postpartum Doula?

Support for your new growing family

Services

Lactation support  .  Postpartum care  .  Consultation

  • Studies have shown that women who have the continuous support – like that of a doula – with them during labor, and birth experienced:
  • An overall reduction of 28% in cesarean deliveries;
  • A reduction in the length of labor;
  • A 31% reduction in the use of Pitocin (a drug used to induce labor);
  • A 12% increase in the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth, that is, birth without assistance of forceps or vacuum;
  • A 9% reduction in the use of pain medications;
  • A 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience 

The role of the doula is never to take the place of husbands or partners in labor, but to compliment and enhance their experience. Today, more husbands are an active role in the birth process. However, some partners prefer to enjoy the delivery without having to stand in as the labor coach.

 Doulas can encourage the father to use comfort measures and can step in if he wants a break. Having a doula allows the father to support his partner emotionally during labor and birth and to also enjoy the experience without the added pressure of trying to remember everything he learned in childbirth class and the doula.