What is Doula?

pregnancyOur Higher Health Doula Cooperative is a robust team of labour support professionals that encourage holistic birthing practices through the use of acupuncture, massage therapy and yoga. Our Cooperative Doulas will answer any questions you may have and will assist to support preparation of your birth plan through use of the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada healthy recommendations for safe birth.

They will also discuss in detail the various relaxation and pain relieving measures that can be taken to have a more comfortable labour experience. A doula will give you full access to herself and the members of her Cooperative around the time of your birth to ensure continuous labour support. Higher Health Doulas additionally support and are fully trained in medicalized birth including epidural & caesarean section. Doulas can provide tremendous emotional and physical support through any birth experience whether holistic or medicalized.

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The use of doulas in society goes back thousands of years. It was a widespread practice that a female of the same species be part of childbirth, and in human societies this was traditionally a role occupied by a family member or friend whose presence contributed to successful long-term breastfeeding.

Doulas in present times are seen as Professional Childbirth support with statistical evidence to back up their role in healthy birth outcomes.

 

Doula Statistics from “Mothering the Mother” by Dr. Marshall Klaus, Dr. John Kennell & Phyllis Klaus (MFT, LCSW):

  • 50% reduction in Cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labour
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in Pitocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesic use
  • 30% reduction in forceps delivery
 

Cochrane Review statistics additionally show:

  • The results for three different outcomes (analgesia/anesthesia, spontaneous vaginal birth, and instrumental vaginal birth) are significantly stronger when the support person is not a member of the hospital staff. The Cochrane reviewers speculate that “divided loyalties, additional duties beyond labour support, self-selection, and the constraints of institutional policies and routine practices may have all played a role.” (Hodnett, Gates, Hofmeyr & Sakala, 2008 p. 10)
  • Women who receive doula care are 27% less likely to be dissatisfied with their births as compared to women who did not use a doula. (based on the reports of 6 studies totalling 9824 women. RR=.73; 95% CI .65-.83)
  • Women in the doula care group were significantly more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth (based on the reports of 15 studies totalling 13,357 women. RR=1.07; 95% CI 1.04-1.12).
  • Mothers receiving doula care are significantly less likely to feel a loss of control in labour. (based on the reports of 2 studies totalling 7369 women. RR=.79 95% CI .67-.94)
  • The results for three outcomes (analgesia/anesthesia, spontaneous vaginal delivery, cesarean rate) were significantly stronger when labour support began before active labour
 

Contact one of our doulas today to ensure your birth space is reserved in our schedule. 780-743-0566 Send us an email from our “Contact Us” page