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The word "doula" comes from ancient Greek meaning "to serve women" and now, in our modern culture, it refers to a woman trained and experienced in childbirth and/or postpartum to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman and her labor partner before, during, and after childbirth.
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Labor is an intense physical and emotional experience. It can make a big difference to have someone there to help with your labor comfort and progress, to remind you that what's happening is normal and healthy, and to give you information about your care.
Some women also want comforting touch or gentle assistance moving and changing positions in labor. They may also appreciate encouragement and help communicating their wishes to their clinical care providers. Partners or spouses may welcome guidance in supporting the woman at this time.
Throughout the ages, laboring women have been comforted and reassured by other women. Today, labor support professionals called doulas (DOO-lah; Greek for "woman who serves") are trained to provide women with supportive care during labor.
Research shows that the availability of this type of support in labor can reduce your chance of having a cesarean, vacuum extraction or forceps birth; the likelihood that you will use pain medications; and the risks associated with these interventions. Thus, planning for excellent support in labor is a way to make birth safer and healthier for you and your baby. Research also shows that having good support can affect how you feel about your birth, and that memories of childbirth experiences often stay with women throughout their lives.
Comfort in Labor by Penny Simkin, the internationally recognized leader in childbirth education and labor support. This helpful guide includes comfort measures, effective positions (with illustrations) and tips for partners and doulas.
Cochrane Review: Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth. This is the largest systematic review of research available on this topic, updated in 2017.