Surprise! Doulas are Actually OB/GYN Approved
You read that right! Released in 2014, reaffirmed in 2016, and expounded again in January 2017, AGOG (The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) confirmed that DOULAS play an important role in improving birth outcomes for mothers and decreasing their chances of a primary cesarean. ACOG, is seen as the authority on women's health.
Many women have benefited from the services doulas provide but some, however, are unclear about the role a doula will play in their healthcare ensemble. Others are not sure how doulas are able to improve birth outcomes. A doula, a Greek word traditionally meaning woman's servant, is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth, or support the family after the baby is born.
A trained doula, will meet and work with you during your pregnancy to recommend classes, workshops, local resources, and help you outline a plan for birth. She will provide continuous emotional and physically support. A doula, cannot and will not replace your partner, your clinician, or a midwife. She will, however, bring a level of expertise other members of the family may not have. This along with her unbiased support, is the magical reason doulas are quintessential to a birthing team.
Have you considered working with a doula but didn't? Why or why not? Did you use a doula? Loved it? Hated it? Share your comments below! Do you need a doula? I'd love to hear from you too. I'm here to answer any questions you may have about the role The Village can play in creating your healthcare team.