Addie Kidd, Birth and Postpartum DoulaSo, why might you want to have a doula attend the birth of your baby?  According to ‘Mothering the Mother, How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth,’ by Kennell, Klaus, and Kennell (1993), having a doula during labor can provide you:

  • 50% reduction in cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin (pitocin) use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery


Sounds pretty good, right? After all, what mama wouldn’t want a personal 24/7 pregnancy and labor assistant, confidante, masseuse, emotional counselor, cheerleader, relaxation coach, snack provider, informational support person, and literal & figurative shoulder to lean on?

I am all those things, and more! Plus I’ve got all sorts of pain-relieving tricks, coping techniques, and plenty of positioning suggestions to help you have your own best birth experience possible. No matter what type of birth you’re after (scheduled cesarean section, drug-free home water birth, hospital birth with epidural, or any other scenario on the birthing spectrum), having a doula is a pretty sweet deal. Email me to see if I’m available for your birth.

 

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