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Benefits of having a Doula

DONA: A trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

EDN, European Doula Network: Doulas support women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. This support is practical and emotional but non-medical in nature.

Lisa Tarallo

Benefits of having a Doula:

  • Decreases the risk of cesarean
  • Decreases the risk of the use of synthetic oxytocin
  • Decreases of instrumentalized birth
  • Increases the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth
  • Decreases the use of any medications for pain relief
  • In average 40 minutes shorter labour
  • Higher APGAR score
  • More positive birth experiences
  • Higher breastfeeding success rates

These are our specific tasks:

  • Offer emotional support.
  • Support your wishes without judgment.
  • Helps you make informed decisions, without interfering.
  • Takes care of the new family, baby, or siblings.
  • Collaborate with basic household chores.

The Doula code of ethics. (AERCD & EDN)

  • Doulas offer emotional and practical support to mothers, fathers and families.
  • Doulas do not perform clinical tasks, do not make medical diagnoses or give advice; therefore, we always accompany the delivery with trained health professionals.
  • Doulas support informed choice and consent, without directing family decision-making.
  • Doulas conduct themselves with integrity and transparency regarding their experience, skills, and limits.
  • Doulas respect the privacy of clients and maintain the confidentiality of all information obtained.
  • Doulas treat mothers, fathers, families, and all other professionals with respect and courtesy.
  • Doulas are involved in continuous personal and professional development.
  • Doulas contribute in their local community and in larger settings.

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