Why hire a Doula?

A Doula

  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour
  • Is an accessible resource – knows comfort measures, understands medical terms related to childbirth
  • Is a valuable support for the father/partner – complements and enhances the care they provide
  • Provides continuity of care – stays by the side of the labouring woman during the entire labour/birth
  • Is another pair of hands – knows multiple comfort measures to assist labouring women
  • Is your advocate – assists in getting information so good decisions can be made by the mother and her husband/partner.  Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her husband/partner, and clinical care providers.

Studies report reduced rates of medical interventions when a doula was present during labour.

Are you unsure if you need a Doula? Use this checklist to help answer your questions.

Checklist – why a woman would hire a doula

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