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Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labours are shorter and have fewer complications, and babies are healthier and breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour
- Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for birth
- Stays with the woman or couple throughout the entire labour and immediate postpartum period
- Provides emotional and physical support as well as an objective viewpoint
- Helps her clients get the information they need to make informed decisions during the prenatal period and throughout labour and delivery
- Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
- Encourages and supports the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
- A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA).
- A birth doula certified by CAPPA is designated by the initials CLD.
A Birth Doula DOES NOT
- Replace the woman’s partner or care providers
- Make decisions for (or speak instead of) her client
- Perform clinical or medical tasks or provide clinical diagnoses.