I'm sure you're wondering what the big talk is about doulas and birthing inside of hospitals. In the United States, Black women are four-five times more likely to die from pregnancy and postpartum related complications while birthing in US hospitals. Today on the blog, I will review 5 Reason Why you Should hire a birth doula and the benefits.
A birth doula is a trained non-medical professional with skills, knowledge, and experience supporting birthing people through pregnancy, childbirth, and early postpartum(intrapartum). Birth doulas support births in hospitals, at home, and in birth centers. They offer continuous physical comfort, emotional support, and informational support to the birthing family, building their confidence to make informed decisions and push through a medicated or non-medicated birth. Evidence has shown that with continuous support from a doula or support person, the birthing person is likely to experience a
25% decrease in needing a c-section,
8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth;
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief;
Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average;
38% decrease in the baby's risk of a low five minute Apgar score;
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience.
If you anticipate birthing inside a hospital, even if your hospital is not allowing doulas, it's essential that you hire a doula to help you prepare for your baby's arrival and what to expect when birthing in the hospital environment. A doula will teach you and your partner how to advocate during prenatal care, labor, childbirth, and postpartum. Obstetric Bullying does not begin during labor and at birth; it starts during prenatal care. If you are unhappy with your provider or they are pushing against your preferences, a doula can help you find a provider who is willing to respect your wishes and preferences. At DMV Birth Doulas, our team of birth professionals worked in many maternity hospitals and worked with many OBGYN doctors throughout the DMV. We can refer the appropriate providers to our clients based on their prenatal history and anticipated birthing experience.
If your birthing at a birth center or at home, you would want to hire a doula to help you prepare for a natural unmedicated birth. Natural unmedicated birth is giving birth without the use of pain medications and medical interventions. A doula can teach various breathing techniques, labor positions, birth positions, and methods to help you cope with the contractions and help labor progress. Our childbirth doula agency specializes in unmedicated and medicated births. We encourage you to hire a team of experts to help you prepare and achieve your desired birthing experience.
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