The word "doula" is a Greek word meaning "servant to women". For the past 20 years, documentation and studies have cited that doula care can potentially reduce the needs for Cesarean-sections up to 80%. (Wow right?) This service provides women in childbirth a shorter labor with fewer complications, reduce the need for Pitocin, less use of forceps, less use of epidural anesthesia, fewer c-sections, and overall less stress for the laboring mother. They help laboring mothers cope with pain, understand their birth options, and support you and your birth plan. Who doesn't want unconditional support during this intimate time?
So how does it work? Here's a quick look into the process: