The Benefits of Working With a Doula – #worlddoulaweek

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In honor of World Doula Week this week I wanted to share some of the benefits of using a doula during preganacy, birth & postpartum periods.  I have worked with doulas during each stage & highly recommend using this wonderful resource.  Because this was my first pregnancy experience I found it really helpful to be able to direct my questions towards someone who specialized in a holistic approach to birthing.  I went into labor feeling so much more confident & at ease knowing I was educated and being supported by such an expert.  We also hired a part-time postpartum doula that came to the house a couple times once George was born.  It was a wonderful support system to have for both Dan & myself as expectant & then new parents.
 
Some of the benefits of working with a doula:
 
* Reduces the incidence of c-sections      
* May shorten the length of labor      
* Reduces epidural and analgesic requests      
* Increases breastfeeding initiation and continuation     
* Increases mother’s satisfaction of birth experience      
* Can reduce the incidence of postpartum mood disorders     
* Increases new parents’ confidence in the care of their newborn
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