At Eternal Bliss we offer Doula services for mothers who are expecting, are experiencing labor or have recently given birth. Doula is a professionally trained labor support person whose purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
During labor and delivery, a Doula provides comfort with pain-relief techniques including breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and laboring positions. Doulas also encourage participation from the partner and offer reassurance. A Doula does not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery.
A Doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth. Doula’s goal is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether a normal birth or a caesarean.
After the birth, Doulas also help mothers begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging bonding between the baby and other family members. The role of Doula is never to take place of the husbands or partners in labor, but rather to complement and enhance their experience.
Who can benefit from having a Birth Doula?
Having a Doula accompany you during labor and birth is a very personal choice; however, we think that everyone can benefit from having a birth Doula, especially if:
You and your partner don’t have any family or friends nearby to help you.
Your partner may be away during the birth.
Your partner may not be at ease with birth.
You wish to have someone at your birth who is knowledgeable in the process and can assist you in making the right decisions for you and your baby.
You want to have as natural a birth as possible and want guidance and support in doing so.
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 caesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.