Doulas at Family Birthplace of MMC

Family Birthplace of MMC is proud to partner with Chequamegon Doulas. We recognize that doulas are a primary asset for many expecting moms and that is why we have partnered with the doulas at Chequamegon Doulas. While expecting moms may bring in a doula of their choice, these doulas have undergone some basic training and are familiar with our organization.

Here is some additional information about the benefits of working with a doula.

What is a birth doula?

A birth doula is a trained professional who supports women and families during labor and birth. Birth doulas provide one-on-one care to mothers along with continuous physical, emotional, and informational support before, during, and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

The birth doula performs no clinical tasks, but is an important part of the maternity care team by ensuring that non-medical needs of the laboring woman are met while enhancing communication and understanding between the woman or couple and the medical staff.

What do birth doulas offer?

ALL FAMILIES BENEFIT WITH A BIRTH DOULA ON THEIR TEAM!

Physical Support
Doulas provide ideas for different labor positions for comfort and labor progression by providing hands-on comfort measures, such as comforting touch, counter-pressure, and breathing techniques.

Emotional Support
Doulas help families to feel supported, ease the emotional experience of birth, and also aiding in creating a space where the hormones of labor can work at their best. Every family can benefit from nurturing and connection at this tender, incredible time in their lives.

Partner Support
The birth partner’s experience also matters in birth. Doulas are there to support every birth partner in being as involved as they’d like to be with the birth. The physical and emotional support can be beneficial for everyone involved.

Evidence-Based Information & Advocacy
Doulas help connect families with evidence-based resources so they can ask important questions and make informed decisions about their birth. Doulas serve as a bridge of communication between women and their providers, lifting them up to help them find their voices and advocate for the very best of care.

Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate significantly improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby, and a positive impact on the entire family.

Hiring a doula means that a woman is:

    • 28% less likely to have a cesarean section
    • 31% less likely to use Pitocin to expedite labor progress
    • 12% increase of the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
    • 9% less likely to use pain medication
    • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to the NICU
    • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine states in an Obstetric Care Consensus, “…one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula. Given that there are no associated measurable harms, this resource is probably underutilized.” (AGOG, 2014).

References:
Dekker, R. (2017). Evidence on: Doulas. Evidence based birth. Retrieved from: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

DONA international. Retrieved from: https://www.dona.org/

Safe prevention of the primary cesarean delivery. (2014). The American congress of obstetricians and gynecologists. Retrieved from: https://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Obstetric-Care-Consensus-Series/Safe-Prevention-of-the-Primary-Cesarean-Delivery

Simkin, P. (2016). Position paper: The birth doulas role in maternity care. DONA International. Retrieved from: http://www.dona.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/DONA-Birth-Position-Paper.pdf