My mom called yesterday and said “Anya, now it all makes sense! You were born with a Doula!“
My first reaction – I was surprised “What do you mean, mom? You never told me that before!” I said smiling wide.
And mama told me a story. A story of how I was born 😌 Throughout the whole process, next to my mom was a young woman, who held her hand, who massaged her lower back, put a wet cloth on her forehead, gently tucking the hair behind her ears. She breathed with her, reminded how strong and powerful my mama is; with a soft, yet confident voice explained everything that happening. I was born on a snowy March day, without any medical involvement, my mom, a wonderful midwife and a Doula greeting me. I was put straight on my mama’s chest, to meet her eye to eye for the first time.
Now we know that the woman with my mom was a Doula. At the time we did not know the term “Doula”, yet, but all of the benefits of her were already know.
- A Doula supports physically : massaging, assisting with movement, keeping the mom’s comfort
– A Doula supports emotionally : listening, reassuring, making sure the family feels confident, hearing and respecting the woman’s wishes
– A Doula supports educationally: taking all of her knowledge about pregnancy and birth to guide the mom through the experience
Scientist have found that with continuous doula support the labors are on average shorter, the Apgar scores of the baby are higher, the likelihood of a C-section is reduced and mother have more positive feelings toward their birth experience.