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About Birth Rhythms

What is a Doula?
Professional Birth Support involving 4 dimensions:

Emotional Support
(encouragement, reassurance, continuous physical presence)

Informational Support
(instructions, explanations, educated and informed suggestions, resource library)

Physical Support
(comfort measures, massage, pressure point techniques)

Advocacy
(Helping couples find their own voice and communicate effectively in their choice of birthplace; Interpreting the woman's or couple's wishes to their care providers and hospital staff & working to protect birth as being a highly individual & sacred event.)



Proven Benefits Of Engaging a Doula 

Increased overall satisfaction with your birth experience, breast feeding, & infant bonding. Partners are equipped to give effective birth support. Decreased occurrence of postpartum depression. Reduction of labour time up to 25%. Chances of a Cesarean section are reduced. Unwanted medical interventions are reduced. Requests for pain medication decrease due to the extra support for you and your partner to stay "on top" of your labour.

Findings of Hodnett's et al meta-analysis of 15 trials from North America, Europe, and Africa

Women cared for during labour by a birth doula, compared to those receiving usual care were

  • 26% less likely to give birth by caesarean section 41% less likely to give birth with a vacuum extractor or forceps 28% less likely to use any analgesia or anaesthesia 33% less likely to be dissatisfied or negatively rate their birth experience
  • 41% less likely to give birth with a vacuum extractor or forceps
  • 28% less likely to use any analgesia or anaesthesia
  • 33% less likely to be dissatisfied or negatively rate their birth experience

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