Why a Birth Doula?

The Role

A Doula is a non medical professional, trained to provide continuous emotional, physical and informational support to the birthing parent and their support person during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. 

How a Doula Benefits

Doulas are more than someone who attends a birth. A Doula is a nurturer, a teacher and a confidant. A Doula educates, listens, supports and learns what their clients need and want for their own birth. 


A Doula provides evidenced based information to their clients.


Doulas offer continuous support during labour, and will use a variety of different techniques and tools to assist the birthing parent.


As a birth coach familiarized with medical procedures surrounding birth, a Doula will support the partner by offering guidance and reassurance. 


After birth a Doula will ensure breastfeeding is established and help the new parents with any additional support needed at that time.

What's the Evidence on Doulas?

The meta-analysis on several doula studies:


  • 36% REDUCTION in use of pain medication 
  • 51% REDUCTION in cesarean delivery.
  • 71% REDUCTION in use of pitocin
  • 57% REDUCTION in forceps or vacuum delivery
  • 1 hour and 38 mins SHORTER labour


"If doulas were a drug it would be unethical not to use it." ~Dr. John Kennell

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Evidence on Doulas (pdf)

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