Contributed by Liz O'Shea, CD, CCE, and Emily Kollmar, BA. Liz is a childbirth educator, birth doula and co-founder of the Birthing Circle of Frederick.
Emily is a birth and postpartum doula and co-founder of the Birthing Circle of Frederick.
Doula is a Greek word which means a woman who helps another woman. In regards to childbirth, a doula is a woman who provides support to the mother, in labor or pospartum, and possibly also to their family. Over the last 20 years more than 13 scientific studies have shown that when one woman cares for a laboring woman, that laboring woman is more likely to have a safer, shorter, less expensive and more satisfying birth experience. So why do you deserve a doula? What are the benefits? Read on...
There are many benefits to having the support of a Doula before, during, and/or after your birth. Here is a resource for learning more about Doulas (in Spanish).
Tener el soporte de una Doula antes, durante, y después del parto trae muchos beneficios. Aquí puede encontrar más información acerca de las Doulas.
Offering Labor and Postpartum Doula Services