A doula is a wonderful support for women and their partners during labor. Doulas have been shown to improve the emotional well-being of a mother and her infant. Franciscan Health is pleased to offer free doulas at select locations as part of our maternity program.
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Supporting Childbirth with Free Doula Services
Franciscan Health offers doula services at our maternity centers in Crown Point free of charge to women using its childbirth facilities. A doula has experience in childbirth and provides continuous informational, physical and emotional support for a woman and her partner during labor. A doula does not perform clinical tasks.
Benefits of doula assistance
- Doulas have proven to shorten labor, reduce use of forceps, vacuum, cesarean section and other obstetric intervention. Women with doulas are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression and are more satisfied with their labor and delivery experience.
- A doula does not replace a woman's partner, but instead makes him or her feel more comfortable during the birth. For women without partners, a doula may be the only source of focused, continuous emotional support throughout her labor.
- Babies born with a doula's help breastfeed better and are less frequently admitted to special care units.
- Doulas are recognized and credited for improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of mothers and infants.