Doula or Labour support

What is a Doula?

Doula (pronounced “doo-lah”) is a word derived from the ancient Greek language originally meaning “A woman who serves”. Today the term “doula” is commonly used to describe a trained and professional woman who serves other women in childbirth.

 A Nurturing Touch doula is an invaluable, resourceful presence to have at your side, providing continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to you and your birth support team before, during and after childbirth.


Why do I need birth support or Doula care?

The way a woman gives birth has the potential to change how she feels about herself forever. The way she feels has consequences on how she mothers, cares for her baby, her relationships, and for society.

Every baby deserves to be welcomed into their mother’s arms with love and respect. It is a strong conviction of Nurturing Touch doulas to see that birthing women have adequate knowledge of their birthing process and are treated with the utmost compassion and care.

Utilizing a birth support or a doula may in fact be one of the best decisions you make for your birth experience. The role of your doula solely exists to serve you and your birth partner, assisting you to have the most comfortable and fulfilling birth experience possible

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Benefits of having a doula

When a doula is present during childbirth there is a significant decrease in interventions including:

  • 50% fewer Caesarean births
  • 60% fewer epidurals
  • 40% decreased use of Pitocin
  • 30% decreased use of narcotics

Labour is also shortened by 25% as a result of having birth doula support.  In addition, babies have fewer health problems, breastfeeding is more successful, and there is less chance of postpartum depression.

(Source: International Childbirth Education Association)

The prestigious Cochrane Collaborative recently reviewed the benefits of continuous labour support for birthing women[1]. After examining 21 studies involving over 15,000 women, the authors found that mothers who received continuous support during labour:

  • were more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth;
  • were less likely to have an epidural or other pharmaceutical pain relief;
  • were less likely to report dissatisfaction with their labours;
  • had shorter labours;
  • were more likely to give birth without caesarean, vacuum, or forceps;
  • were less likely to have babies with a low 5-minute Apgar score.


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