Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?

A doula does not make decision for clients or intervene in their clinical care.  She provides information and emotional support, while respecting a woman's decisions.

What effects does the presence of a doula have on birth outcomes?

Clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:
  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer compications
  • reduces negative feelings about one's childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
  • reduces the requests for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of cesareans
How is a doula an advantage to the husband/partner?

Doulas provide support to the entire family.  This allows partners to leave the mother with support when they have to leave the room.  You can participate in the birth to the extent you are comfortable.  If you want to take pictures and leave things like massage up to me, you can.  If you prefer to massage and hold her hand, I can take the pictures, and deal with any tasks that may come up. 

Would I benefit from having a doula when my baby will be born by cesarean?

Doulas can help your partner navigate the complex process surrounding a cesarean birth.  I can join you after the birth, while your partner goes to the nursery with the baby, so that you are not left unsupported in the surgery room.  Breast feeding and caring for your baby are sometimes more challenging after a cesarean birth.  I will provide support and encouragement while you overcome those challenges.

Myra Hoffman - Doula, Pediatric Chiropractor
Myra D Hoffman DC, FICPA, CD
What is a doula?

Doula literally means "woman's servant".  A doula is a supportive companion who is not a loved one for the laboring woman.  She focuses on the non-medical part of comfort and support during childbirth. She provides physical, emotional and informational support to women and their partners.

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