Birth Story Healing FAQ
Most of the time a doula is not one or the other. She might be massaging you, reassuring you, helping you through contractions and then at other times stand back a bit letting you have some intimacy, and privacy with your partner for a while and then be back when she is needed again. Basically a doula can be supportive in just the way that suits your needs.
- tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
- reduces the requests for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of cesareans
Some partners are reluctant to “share” the birth with an outsider, and worry they will be made redundant in the birthing room if there is someone else there in a support role. ” But talk to couples after the baby is born. The actual experience of having extra support is usually expressed as a blessing, and a part of their positive view of their birth.