The Atlanta Doula | What is a Doula?
Have you hired a doula yet? asks your mom, best friend, or a random lady in the produce section of Kroger.
But what does that mean? What is a doula, anyways?
According to DONA(Doulas of North America) International, the term doula is used to describe a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter, there are fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.
Here are the outcomes associated with doula attended births:
But what does that mean for you?
So what do you think about doulas? Have you used one before? Are you planning one for your next birth? Let me know in the comments! And remember, here at SKDoula, I am here for all your pregnancy and childbirth needs!
Atlanta birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, cloth diaper expect, yoga enthusiast, and baby snuggler.