One of the most amazing benefits of being a doula is watching a mama have a second birth experience completely different than her first! I was privileged to be the doula for this incredible mom who had a hospital birth with her first little girl just 23 months ago. This time she wanted everything to be different…….that she got!!! Her first labor was over 40 hours, this labor was around 8 hours. Last time was in a hospital, this time in a birth center. Last time she got an epidural, this time NO pain meds at all!! Last time she delivered in a hospital bed, this time in a beautiful tub. Last time the doctor caught her baby, this time her husband. If you know you want a different experience than before you must do something about it and explore your options. This mom did and WOW had an amazing beautiful water birth! Welcome to the world sweet baby Isabela! You are so cute!
Benefits of a Doula!
The benefits of having a doula are many. The following study shows that the presence of a doula positively impacts your birth experience.
Look closely at these amazing results!
50% reduction in cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in Pitocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
(These statistics appear in Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth by Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993)