What Is A Doula?
Is A Birthworker The Same Thing?
A birth doula provides physical, emotional and information support to a pregnant person during labor and birth. The role of a doula is to provide continuous care to the birthing person and their partners. A postpartum doula provides in-home emotional and practical support during the weeks or months following childbirth.
Other terms for doula include (but are not limited to) birthworker, labor assistant, birth assistant or birth keeper.
Are Doulas Really That Helpful?
Yes! We are!
Research shows that by having continuous labor support from a doula, you and your baby are more likely to have better birth outcomes! This includes reduced rates of Cesarean, decreased used of medications for pain relief, increased rates of spontaneous vaginal birth and shorter labor times.
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What Is A Full Spectrum Doula?
A full spectrum doula or birthworker supports all reproductive experiences, not just birth. This may include miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, infant loss, adoption and fertility. Services are extended to offer informed support for women, men, transgender and non-gender conforming individuals. Full spectrum birthwork is rooted in the reproductive justice movement.