Davis county doula supporting laboring woman

What is a doula?

A birth doula is a trained pregnancy and labor support person. Doulas provide continuous emotional, physical, and mental support and comfort during labor for the pregnant person and their birth companion. Doulas also provide education before, during, and after the birth.

 

A doula does not provide clinical services.

"A doula's goal is to help the laboring person have a satisfying birth as they define it"

Penny Simkin, The Birth Partner

The impact of doulas on healthy birth outcomes

Less pain during labor and delivery

Reduced use of pain medications

Shorter labor

Fewer major labor interventions (induction, Cesarean, vacuum extraction, forceps)

Lower probability of low Apgar scores at birth

Positive and satisfying birth experience for mom AND partner

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