a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth.
Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.
The benefits of having a doula:
A doula offers continuous support during the entire length of labor and beyond. Since doctors or midwives may change shifts, and some may only be present during the final stages of birth. On the other hand, your doula should have already met with you once or twice before birth, will stay with you during the entire labor and delivery process, and will often make one or two post-labor follow-up visits to check on your breastfeeding progress and make sure baby is latching on correctly.
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