A doula is a wonderful support for women and their partners during labor and have been shown to improve the emotional well-being of a mother and her infant.
What Is A Doula?
A doula is a trained professional who acts as a constant form of informational, emotional and physcial support for an expecting family throughout pregnancy or during delivery. 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 emotoinal support throughout her labor.
A doula may help to communicate a woman's birth plan, create a comfortable environment during delivery, or simply provide the general support a family may seek during this pivotal time. A doula does not perform clinical tasks.
Doulas are welcome at all Franciscan Health facilities. Franciscan Health Crown Point offers doula services free of charge to women using its childbirth facilities.
Benefits of doula assistance
DONA International research shows that women who use a birth doula are:
- Less likely to use Pitocin
- Less likely to have a cesarean birth
- Less likely to use any pain medication
- More likely to rate their childbirth experience positively