How do I know if I want a doula at my birth?

Posted: 6/14/2018

Author: SCV Birth Center

In recent years, there’s been a growing wave of women discovering the amazing impact a birth doula can have on labor and delivery. But if you don’t know what a doula is or does, let’s start with the basics. A doula is a trained professional, hired to support and assist a woman’s birth in a variety of ways. She is knowledgeable about birth, can help with comfort measures and labor positions, calming techniques like visualization, and even help your partner know how to best support you during delivery. There’s a lot of evidence to support to positive impacts of having a doula at your birth, like quality pain management, lower rates of interventions and better birth outcomes overall. But how do you know if one is right for you?