Week 32 – Hire a Doula

November 8, 2013

doulaWe interviewed a doula this Monday, November 4. We found her from a local doula association’s website. She has 6 years of doula experience with 19 client testimonials on her profile. She seems enthusiastic about what she is doing. Her fee is $800, including a free consultation, 2 prenatal visit with one-hour message at week 38; labor from 7-minute contraction till 2 hours after giving birth; and finally 2 postpartum visits.

Although the fee seems pretty high, we decided to hire her since we have no other family members to provide us emotional and physical support before and after delivery. Plus DH are not comfortable with seeing blood – He is worried that he might not be able to support me in the delivery room. With the help of doula, we are hoping a smoother delivery experience.

Studies have shown that having a Doula present at birth results in:

  • 50% reduction in Caesarean birth rates
  • 25% shorter labour
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in Oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in Analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps or vacuum deliveries

Researches show that women who have used a doula at birth are more satisfied with their births, feel more confident before and after the birth, show a quicker rate of bonding with their newborn, are less likely to have post-partum depression, and more likely to breastfeed.

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