You would want a doula if you want a go-to person for questions on comfort measures during pregnancy and labor.
When you want more information on certain topics related to pregnancy, birth, or postpartum.
When you want your partner or husband to have someone help them know how to help you during labor without them having to be an expert on birth!
When you want another supportive person who knows what you’re going through and who is going to give you their undivided attention throughout labor to help you achieve the best birth outcome possible.
When you want an unmedicated or low-intervention birth or want to try and avoid unnecessary birth interventions.
To help suggest and provide comfort measures. To help create an environment that encourages a healthy birth.
When you want an epidural and want help coping before you can get the medication and to help encourage progression and comfort after the epidural is in place.
If you’re having a cesarean and you want extra emotional and informational support. To have someone stay with you if dad is with the baby. Doulas provide great emotional support to alleviate or soften any fears surrounding childbirth.
Doulas support you and your birth preferences, whatever those might be for you personally. They can give professional referrals for good lactation consultants, OBs, Midwives, etc. Assist you with breastfeeding or refer you to the right people if it’s a more complicated situation. The list can go on and on!
Learn more about the benefits of a doula here