What is a doula?

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.

The wisdom and emotional support of experienced women at birth is an ancient tradition. Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors and even young children were present at birth. Young girls learned this way that childbirth is a normal, healthy process and there was no reason to fear it. Nowadays, all this human support has been replaced by fears and myths about birth, machines, painkillers and medical management. Therefore, the doula has an important role to restore the mother's confidence in her innate ability to give birth.

Doulas work together with midwives, nurses and physicians, but do not perform clinical tasks, diagnose medical conditions, offer second opinions or give medical advice. During labor, the doula will make non-medical suggestions for comfort measures such as breathing and relaxation techniques, positioning and walking. They can provide massage and special techniques that help alleviate discomfort.

Doulas help mothers to feel empowered and informed about the choices they have. With the assistance of a doula, Birth Partners can also have a better birth experience.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth
    •    tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
    •    reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
    •    reduces the need for artificial oxytocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
    •    reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals


Research shows parents who receive support can:
    •    feel more secure and cared for
    •    are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
    •    have greater success with breastfeeding
    •    have greater self-confidence
    •    have less postpartum depression
    •    have lower incidence of abuse

 

As your doula in Hamburg, I will empower you with the latest evidence and information in order to have an fulfilling birth experience. 

 

 

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