I speak to expectant families pretty much on a daily basis– helping them get information about the journey of birth and postpartum. Most of the time it’s the expectant mama seeking out doula support, often with “doubting” or “questioning” husbands lingering– “I’ll be there for you honey, why would we want to have a STRANGER  at our birth or in our house during postpartum?”

My best “spokespeople” are actually my Dads who have been through the journey, start to finish. Once doubtful, now SOLD that a doula not only helped their wife/girlfriend have a better experience, but the Dads themselves had a better experience. Who knew!

Of course, I’m a doula, so I’m gonna say doulas are essential for both parents… so here is a link to a Daddy Blog who has spelled out what he thought of his doula, and his experience because of her help:

http://daddyconfidential.com/2012/parenting/i-challenge-you-to-a-doula/ (Part one)

http://daddyconfidential.com/2012/parenting/doulas-part-deux/ (The Sequel)

And if there’s any doubt of a doula’s role even during a planned c-section, check out “Ann’s Planned C-section” story in my birth stories. Should clear things up!

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How does a doula really make a difference?
Results from different studies have all suggested that having a doula reduces the overall cesarean rate by 50%, Pitocin use by 40% and requests for epidurals by 60%. The use of a doula also showed a major reduction in the length of labor due to fewer stress hormones being produced in the laboring woman’s body.

The Doula Book © 2002; Klaus, Marshall, Klaus and Kennell.