Bringing support, knowledge,
and comfort to your
birth experience.



  


Frequently Asked Questions


What are some benefits to hiring a doula?
Doula care has been proven to make childbirth safer, less interventive, and shorter than births that are not doula attended. Klaus & Kennel compiled data from six randomized trials and showed that when professional labor support is provided to birthing women, the outcome for the whole family is dramatically improved. The following is a summary of some of the benefits:
  • 50% reduction in cesarean deliveries.
  • 25% reduction in the length of labor.
  • 40% reduction in the use of oxytocin.
  • 60% reduction in the use of epidurals.
  • 40% reduction in the use of forceps or instrumental delivery.
Klaus, Marshall H., MD; Kennell, John H., MD; Klaus, Phyllis H., M.Ed., C.S.W. Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, & Healthier Birth. Perseus Books, Massachusetts. 1993.

 


  At what point in my pregnancy should I get in touch with a        
 doula?
      
A doula attend your birth   is knowing that there is someone with you who you trust and whom you and your partner feel comfortable with. The earlier in your pregnancy you get in touch with your doula, the longer time you  One of the main benefits to having have to establish a bond and build a relationship.  It’s also great to have someone to call when you ‘just have a question’. 
Also, the earlier you contact your doula, the greater your chances  
of her being available for your birth. 
Most of our labor education takes place during the end of your 2nd trimester and into the 3rd, so if you are already 
fairly far along in your pregnancy and interested in having a doula attend your birth, please give us a call and we will still do our best to connect you with a doula. Or drop us a line at
info@rhythmdoula.ca


Do I need a doula even if my husband/partner is planning on supporting me during labor?

Giving birth to a child is an amazing experience and as doulas we encourage partners to get involved and support their loved one. Giving birth can also be a stressful, tiring and confusing event. A certified doula brings with her much experience and understanding of the birth process. She can help explain what is going on, and offer many suggestions to help a laboring woman cope with her contractions and keep her labor progressing. The presence of a doula at your birth enables partners to participate at a level that they are comfortable, without the responsibility of being the sole supporter. This allows your spouse to relax and really take in the birth of your child. Also an extra set of hands comes in handy after baby is born to take pictures and make sure everyone is comfortable.

I’m planning on using pain medication during labor.  Do I still need a doula?

As doulas our role is to help make your birth a positive experience how ever you define it.  Before you go into labor your doula will listen to what is important to you and talk about all your options, natural and pharmaceutical.  She will teach natural techniques and positions to help make you more comfortable during labor.  She will also inform you about the different pain control options available to you at the hospital.  If having an epidural or using other drugs is important to you, your doula will provide you with information so you can make an informed choice.  She will support you and what ever choice you make.   Your doula will help support and encourage you until your epidural can be started, continue to stay with you and help you as you get ready to push your baby out.








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