Everyone needs a doula. Show ’em why.
This printable is perfect for the doula interview packet. Some people laminate it to show at the table or pass around a childbirth class.
What do doulas provide?
- suggestions to ease or speed labor
- narration of events
- positive atmosphere
- a calming presence
- physical comforts
- a sounding board for decisions
Doulas help partners…
- be more involved
- remember things
- use comfort measures
- feel reassured
- understand normal labor
- navigate interventions
- manage physical support
- get a break
- emotionally adjust
With a doula, you’re more likely to…
- have a vaginal birth
- have a shorter labor
- avoid cesarean
- avoid forceps or vacuum assisted birth
- give birth without pain medication
- give birth to a baby with a higher 5-min APGAR
- have positive feelings about the childbirth experience
For people of color, a doula is especially important…
The systemic and individual racism experienced by people of color has a weathering effect on their physiology. It also makes doing the vulnerable work of birth more vulnerable because the medical system was not built with women of color in mind. Because the maternal mortality and newborn complication rates are so much higher for black birthgivers, having the benefits of a doula is even more important.