A doula – also known as a labor coach – helps a woman as well as her partner or family with physical, emotional and informational support before, during and after childbirth. (They should not be confused with midwives as they do not deliver babies.)
We personally have a deep appreciation and respect for doulas. We acknowledge their skills and recognize the advantages of having one as part of the mom’s labor and delivery “team”.
Our mission as your OBGYN is to ensure a safe delivery and healthy baby so the doula’s additional and continual aid- such as massaging, maintaining a supporting posture, and verbal encouragement to the mother is extremely important. We believe it can only help and there is no absolutely no downside to the extra support.
In fact, studies have shown that having a doula may result in a shorter delivery, the use of fewer medications, and less fetal extraction tools. Years ago, an experienced mother could be considered a doula but today most have undergone training and are welcomed as an essential part of the childbearing process.
Through the years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with several excellent doulas. Carmen Borrn is one in particular who truly impressed us. Read about Carmen’s experience and more about doulas on page 266 of The Mommy Doc’s Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy And Birth (the birth day chapter).
*Not sure about whether or not a doula is for you? Also read about who can provide similar support on your special day.