Pronounced: DOO lahhh

Etymology: Greek, “female slave”

A modern doula wants to serve pregnant mothers and new mothers to nurture them with comfort and peace while they walk their new journey as mothers.  A doula also helps the father adjust to the all of the changes and shows the father how to help the mother and new baby.

Historically, Midwives needed other women to help provide for the mother’s non-medical needs during childbirth. That role has often been filled by the Doula.  Today Hospitals recognize more than ever the positive benefits of having a birth doula to help the mother in labor and delivery.

Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.

Other studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60% (source:

That’s not to say Doula’s are against pain medications!  Far from it!  Your Doula wants you to have the best experience possible, end of story.  If that means pain meds then great!  If that means laboring naturally, great!  And if that means a scheduled C-Section then that’s great too.  Doula’s are about YOU and YOUR FAMILY and what is going to make everyone comfortable and happy.

Jamie received her Doula training from DONA International in Los Angeles at Bini Birth.  She was trained under the internationally renowned and most in-demand local Doula: Ana Paula Markel.

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