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Do You Doula?

“Do You Doula” is a 7 minute documentary about women and birth doulas and is sponsored in part by myDoula.  The film was created as part of a video challenge.  Please watch the movie, and if you like it, please rate it.  We hope that you find the movie both entertaining and educational.  Thank you.

The benefits of hiring a doula

  • A doula is a knowledgable companion that helps the birth family through labor, birth, postpartum care, and breast feeding.
  • A doula facilitates communication between the birth family and the medical staff, helping to ensure that the family’s rights, concerns, and wishes are recognized.
  • A doula helps the birth family realize their birth plan by maintaining focus in complicated birthing situations.
  • Clinical studies have shown that having a doula present during the birthing process shortens the labor period and decreases the likelihood of epidural anesthesia, episiotomy, forceps, and Caesarean delivery.
  • Clinical studies have also shown that having a doula present increases the overall happiness of the birth mother, the happiness of the baby, the feelings of the mother toward her birth partner, and the success of breast feeding.
  • A doula becomes part of the birth team.  A doula can help lead or follow, finding the most natural position within the team.
  • A doula works for you.  The doula’s number one goal is to ensure that the birth family has a rewarding labor, birth, and postpartum experience.