1). Unlimited support-
As a pregnant women or someone who is planning to start a new family, it’s important to have a support system of someone who you can rely on. During the time I had my first baby, although I had my mother, mother in law and my husband giving me the essentials and support on all things about baby and labor, their advice was bias. It’s important to have a Doula that can supply you with unbiased information.
2). I have an OB/Midwife but why a Doula?
Just imagine this scenario, You’re 38 weeks pregnant, you and partner are rushing to the hospital excited for the new baby. Your partner is probably so confused and excited at this point and you’re having some close and painful contractions. You get to the hospital and the OB/Midwife checks your cervix, your partner is probably passed out or maybe feeling light headed and needs to sit down. But what about you? Who focuses on you? This is where a Doula comes in. She is there for you making sure you have a positive birth experience. Along with using all the different techniques, she knows to give you a comfortable and confident labor. So ask yourself now, don’t you think you need a Doula?
3). Lower Birth Risks
Having a Doula by your side during labor/delivery can decrease your labor significantly. Women who received continuous support from a Doula were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and C-sections. In addition, their labors were shorter by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth.
(Taken from NIH website)
4). Personal Resource Guide;
It does not get better than this, this has to be every mama or mama to be’s dream. Having a Personal resource guide who will answer all of your questions that you have about labor and delivery or give you resources for them. Isn’t it amazing? Of course, your OB/Midwife can answer your questions too, but Doulas are a little more hands-on.
5). Are they worth the money?
YES! They are giving you their time, those countless calls at 2 am and dozens of text messages, prenatal appointments 1-2 hours each, and let’s not forget about your labor even if you are laboring for 3 hours or 72 hours we are there for you no matter what. And if there is a chance that a Doula can help you decrease your chances of having any birth risks, shouldn’t you do it?