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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Doula (Overview)

A doula is a person that provides non-medical support to the woman both during the pregnancy and once labor begins.


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What is a doula?

What is a doula?

A labor coach: That charges a fee to help coach u in labor, in almost every labor room the nurses are very good at coaching you, i rec u save your money as doulas in my area charge around $800, and make sure your OB knows u will be using a doula soeveryone is on the same page before the labor and the doula and OB or midwife need to work together. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
16 doctors shared insights

Doula (Overview)

A doula is a person that provides non-medical support to the woman both during the pregnancy and once labor begins.


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What are the benefits of having a doula?

Support: A doula generally stays with you during labor to give you support and help you be more comfortable. ...Read more

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What is a doula and do I have to have one?

No: A doula (usually a woman) is trained to attend births and to assist women through the birthing process. Doulas do not deliver babies but focus entirely on the mother's needs. Many women want a doula when planning a natural birth but a doula is totally optional.Good rule: invite only those with whom you feel comfortable to the birth. More info at seattle midwifery school website-sms trains doulas. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of doulas?

A good Doula: Can be erty helpful. One drawback is looking down upon epidurals and having women feel bad if they need one for pain control. Remember, they earn a living by helping people through pain, thus they are biased toward not getting pain relief. If oriented that way, go with a doula, you will need all the help you can get. Good luck, congratulations. ...Read more

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What is the role of a doula in a birth?

Support: A doula provides support during pregnancy, birth, and after your baby's been born. It's nice to have an "aunty" to ask, a shoulder to lean on, a hand to squeeze. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

Doula vs. MF: A doula is someone who provides non-medical support to women and their families during labour and childbirth, and also the postpartum period - wikipedia. Mf, on the other hand, is one who provides medical support to the women in labor. ...Read more

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Will having a doula achieve my goal of wanting a natural birth?

Improve your odds: Having a doula is no guarantee of achieving a natural birth, but a large body of research shows those with doulas are less likely to require pain meds/anesthesia or need a c-section, forceps or vacuum extraction, so i highly recommend a doula (or friend who will act as a doula) to all women giving birth. See http://www.Dona.Org/resources/research.Php for references to the research if interested. ...Read more

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What is a postpartum doula?

Postpartum Doula: What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” they assist with breastfeeding education. ...Read more

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Do doula's support you before your pregnancy?

Do doula's support you before your pregnancy?

Not typically: From www.Dona.Org (a doula info website): "the word "doula" comes from the ancient greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.". ...Read more

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