Doula is a Greek word meaning “woman helping woman.”

A Doula's role is to provide non-medical care and continuous, exclusive support to a laboring mother.  Studies show that at a standard hospital birth, a doctor is with the birthing mother only 5% of the time and nurses only 20-25% of the time.  Labor support from a Doula means constant care throughout the entire experience and journey of childbirth, helping to guide the natural rhythms of labor while providing a sense of consistency and security. 


In the early 1900’s the birth scene changed dramatically, moving from homes to hospitals.  A majority of women in the US now give birth in hospitals where the hectic environment includes medical personnel changing shifts and speaking a language that often puts laboring mothers in a state of heightened stress.

Clinical studies have found that a Doula’s presence at birth contribute to the following:

  • Reduction of cesarean rates
  • Reduction in use of forceps
  • Less requests for epidurals
  • Shorter labor
  • Reduction in pitocin; oxytocin augmentation
  • Lower rates of newborn complications
  • Reduction of maternal bleeding after birth
  • Increased success with breastfeeding
  • Reduction in postpartum depression
  • Increased maternal satisfaction

Research also shows parents who receive support can:

  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence and decrease in stress
  • Have less postpartum depression
  • Have lower incidence of abuse