Doula pronounced as ‘doo-la’ is derived from a Greek word which means a caregiver. If you are pregnant it is very unlikely that you would not have heard. For those of you who are thinking why a doula, there are many reasons for hiring one. A doula is a caregiver who emotionally and physically supports you during pre and post birth. As per surveys conducted by leading health magazine www.health.com, most new moms who hired an experienced doula during pregnancy had a smooth and stress-free delivery due to their support and care.
Here are a few reasons how a Doula helps during pregnancy.
Less pressure on Dads: Today, fathers are expected to play a hands-on and active role in the birthing process. However, not all would have experienced childbirth before and hence would be under stress dealing with this process. By having a doula, fathers learn comfort techniques, and he can enjoy the pregnancy period as well as birth with his spouse without any pressure.
Support and Encouragement: Doulas are available for support 24*7 via phone, text, email and every other form of communication available today. Most pregnant women will have a lot of queries, some might be trivial, and they would not want to call their OB for this. In such cases, they can turn to doulas.
Most doulas are trained and experienced not only in support but also help in giving birth. So the presence of a doula has a calming effect on pregnant women, knowing that she has emotional as well as trained support by her side.
Caring for to-be parents: Childbirth is so intense that parents sometimes do not take good care of themselves. Another reason to hire a doula is that they help not just moms but also dads to take care of themselves.
Apart from the above emotional reasons, here are a few technical reasons why a doula is needed.
Providing valuable information on childbirth, planning for delivery.
Provides guidance and information on the correct fetal positioning.
Offers Massage and other comfort techniques
Suggests various positions to ease pain and helps with a smooth labor.
Suggests various ways to help sleep better during pregnancy.
Assist with photography of first few family moments after childbirth.
Breastfeeding techniques post birth of a child.
Dos and don’ts on child care
Help with Birth: One of the top reasons for hiring a doula is that she is a trained birth support person. A doula knows the needs, looks out for the needs of a mother in labor. The main difference between a midwife and a doula is that a doula gives personal attention to the mother in labor from the time the mother experiences pain till childbirth, but a midwife cannot do the same due to time constraints. Also, a doula is a calm and reassuring presence in intense moments or during problems in childbirth, which your family member will not have much experience.
The presence of doula in your team during pregnancy and after childbirth makes the process of birthing a memorable event and not a traumatic experience.