It’s not hard to see why the mother with little support needs a doula. But why do YOU need a doula? YOU, who have the support of your husband, wife, mother, father, brother, sister, best friend, midwife, doctor, or any amount of birth team members. Why do you need a doula?
Well here are some facts about doulas. In the United States, only 3% of births are attended by a doula. However small that number may be, those 3% of women experienced a 31% decrease in the use of pitocin, a 28% decrease in the risk of a C-section, a 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth, a 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery, a 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience. Wow. A doula can make a large and positive impact on your birth experience.
She does this in a unique way to anyone else on your birth team. Your partner or mother are gaining their own experience from your birth. Your birth is a personal story about their family or friend. They have their own expectations, fears, joy, and opinions to your birth. Your partner has a strong vision for this birth, maybe they share your vision, maybe they struggle to see your point of view.
Your doula has no vision for your birth. She brings no fear, expectations, or judgments. All your doula brings to your birth is compassion, intuition, and support. Her vision for your birth includes supporting you as best she can.
When you get the support from a doula it lets your body release. She is there for you 100%, the entire time. Unlike doctors, nurses, and midwives- your doula doesn’t need to do any charting, care for anyone else, and she has no shift change. Your doula is with you for your entire birth, present and engaged. This lets your body do amazing things. Things it was made to do. The continual support of a doula allows your body to open up, release, and have a baby- possibly much easier than without a doula. And that is why YOU need a doula.