Whenever I receive this question, I always start by informing the person I am speaking with that the World Health Organization has now recommended that every laboring woman have a doula. So don’t just take my word that doula services are invaluable! Take it from the most creditable health organization in the world!
There have been studies done that show the correlation between how a woman feels and is treated during labor and how she feels about her birth experience, which in turn alters her perception of the postpartum period. The more loved, nurtured and respected a woman feels during her birth, the more likely she is to have a positive birth outcome and overall perspective of her experience. When a woman has a positive birth experience, as opposed to negative, she is more likely to have a positive postpartum experience as well. Which means she is less likely to experience postpartum depression.
In addition to the labor support a doula provides and the long term positive affects it has, we offer invaluable informational support as well. There are SO many options when it comes to birth that it can be hard to choose what is best for you and your family. Doulas proved non-judgmental, evidence based information to expecting parents, while offering gentle guidance that is tailored to their specific desires for their birth. Which makes planning for your birth a lot less overwhelming!
Another great reason to have a doula is that we are seasoned in the unexpected. If there is one thing that is predictable about birth, it is that it’s unpredictable. Doulas can be the calm, cool and collected presence needed to help navigate in otherwise uncertain waters. We can also help prepare for the unexpected ahead of time!
There are so many valuable reasons as to why you should have a doula. The benefits are endless and long lasting. Every woman deserves to look back on her birth experience feeling empowered, cherished and respected! A doula gets you there.