Holly Hanesworth, CD, MA
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Doula is a Greek word meaning “a woman who serves”. In regards to labor, a Birth Doula is a person that serves and supports the laboring mother by providing emotional support and physical comfort measures. The goal of the Doula is to help a woman achieve a safe and satisfying birth in accordance to the Mother’s birth hopes and preferences.
Clinical studies show that having a doula for your birth can...
- reduce the length of labor
- reduce the use of pain medication and epidural anesthesia
- reduce the need for obstetric interventions, like pitocin, forceps and vacuum extractor
- reduce the incidence of cesarean section