• Tadhg Shannon

What Is a Doula?

Doulas support new families through the life-changing experience of having a baby, much like travel guides help newcomers get around on their first trip abroad!

A doula provides information, physical and emotional support, and advocacy for women and their partners during and after the birth process.

Unlike other practitioners such as obstetricians, nurses, and midwives, those with doula training do not give medical advice or have clinical duties.

However, they provide critical support and assistance during labor and birth, making the process easier for the midwife and the mother-to-be.

Can a Doula Deliver a Baby?

No. A doula does not replace the role of your healthcare provider and midwife during labor and the delivery of your baby.

Do Doulas Have Medical Training?

Most doulas do not have clinical or medical training. Doulas do have experience in childbirth and specific training from organizations like the association of doulas, DONA International.

What Are the Benefits of Having a Doula?

Some studies show that the emotional support of a doula can result in a more positive labor and postpartum experience for some moms-to-be. For example:

  • Shortened labor time

  • A lesser chance of needing pain relief medication during labor

  • Reduced incidence of cesarean section

  • A decrease in anxiety and/or depression in new mothers

  • A more positive experience for mothers post delivery

These studies make some great claims, but a doula is not for everyone. If you're on the fence about hiring a doula, keep in mind that having one isn't a requirement, and many mothers prefer not to use a doula at all. If you're still unsure, it could be a good idea to chat with your healthcare provider about it. H/She may have some good insights on weather a doula could be right for you. Ultimately, the decision is yours.

Does Insurance Cover a Doula?

The cost of a doula is not typically covered by insurance but you should double check this with your healthcare provider to find out more about your coverage.

Whether you decide to have a doula during your pregnancy is a personal choice, and only you can know what would make you feel most comfortable. Although a doula is useful for some moms-to-be, it's not for everyone. The goal is for you to feel as empowered and as relaxed as possible during pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and beyond.


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