The important role of doulas during childbirth.
The word doula comes from ancient Greek and means “a woman who serves”. It’s an apt definition because doulas do just that, helping women during the actual birth of a child as well as with pre and postnatal care. And their involvement leads to some very positive outcomes says Dr. Allan Greene, author of From First Kicks to First Steps. “One simple intervention that reduces the risk of c-section by about half and also reduces the risk of using forceps or vacuum by about half, and also shortens labour by about two hours is by simply having a doulas present.”
Dr. Greene explains that “a doula is someone who is experienced in deliveries and stays with the mother and father during the whole experience, supporting both of them, allowing the dad to be a better coach, allowing the mom to relax and focus on delivery. And parents who have had a doula present tend to be really, really glad they have.”
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