doula: a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
The specifics of the role of a doula can very from client to client, but the essential job of a doula is to act as an advocate, a supporter, an educator, and a friend throughout the entirety of the birth experience. This includes prenatal, labor and birth, and post-partum care and support. Doulas can help clients find good care providers, give support to partners, provide unbiased information to help clients make informed decisions regarding their pregnancy and labor, as well as give physical and emotional support before, during, and after labor. Doulas help support clients so that they can have the birth that they desire!
A few key points:
Aside from the benefits listed above, there is a ton of additional benefits of having a doula.
According to DONA International, research shows that women who use a birth doula are:
less likely to need Pitocin
less likely to have a cesarean birth
less likely to use any pain medication
more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively
Clients who hire a doula are assured to receive personalized, compassionate care, tailored to their wishes and desires. A doula becomes an educated part of your birth team whose sole purpose is to help you achieve the birth you desire and provide answers to any questions that you may have along the way!
While doulas do not need certifications, here at Infinite Birth Services, we are committed to providing the BEST care possible to our clients, which is why we are in the certification process with DONA International, one of the best Doula Certification organizations in the world. Because of the training process, we are offering discounted pricing on qualifying births throughout our certification process. DONA is not the only organization that certifies doulas, but we believe in the evidence based and hands-on rigorous training that the DONA certification requires to ensure that their doulas are of the highest standard of doula professionals.
To learn more about DONA, doulas, and the certifiaction process we are doing, feel free to check out the links below or contact us!