Have a Doula at your Labour and Birth

Many of the HypnoBirthing practitioners of HypnoBirthingGTA are also doulas.

Imagine the double advantage of having both a doula and a HypnoBirthing practitioner at your birth (especially if you took your HB classes with her!). A doula trained in HypnoBirthing is familiar with the exercises and techniques you learned in your HB classes and can help remind you and reinforce what you need to do during labour and birth — RELAX!

The following HypnoBirthing practitioners are also trained doulas or also attend births. Please contact them directly for more information:

Sarah Baker

Carol Anna Skorvaga

Tahira Mohammed

Deborah Orenstein

Dr. EeVon Ling ND

Jennifer Elliott

Karen McWilliam

Eloisa Slimmon-Weber

Dr. Olivia Chubey ND

Kris Pedder

 

What is a Doula and How Can She Help Me? 

A doula (also referred to as a labour attendant or labour coach) is considered the person who provides continuous physical and emotional support and assistance to a woman before, during and after childbirth. Having a different role than a midwife, OBGYN or RN, the doula provides important care from a non-medical aspect.  A doula also helps the birthing partner and/or family by providing information, physical assistance, and emotional support. Having this continuous support during labour and birth is associated with improved maternal and newborn health and a variety of other benefits.

While the goal of an OBGYN or midwife is a safe childbirth, the goal of a doula is to ensure the mother feels safe, comfortable, confident, informed and supported before, during, and after the birth of her baby. Doulas cannot make or voice decisions for the birthing couple nor can they intervene the actions of the attending midwife, RN, obstetrician or other medically licensed professional active during labour and birth, but they can help the birthing couple ensure that they are active participants within their healthcare team every step along the way.

A mother who feels safe, comfortable, confident, informed and supported is able to relax and allow the natural process of labour and birth to happen in a healthy normal way.

Many studies have shown significant benefits of having a doula present during labour and birth:

Benefits to mother

  • Continuous ongoing support during labour and birth
  • Shorter labours
  • Lower rates of intervention use during labour and birth
  • Lower rates of epidural use
  • Lower C-section birth rate
  • Higher levels of reported satisfaction

Benefits to baby:

  • Lower rates of fetal distress
  • Lower rates of low APGAR score at 5 minutes after birth
  • Higher rate of breastfeeding initiation
  • Lower admittance rates into the NICU

 

 

 

References:
Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Weston J. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Feb 16;(2)

Kozhimannil KB, Attanasio LB, Hardeman RR, O’Brien M. Doula Care Supports Near-Universal Breastfeeding Initiation among Diverse, Low-Income Women. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2013 Jul;58(4):378-82.

Kozhimannil KB, Hardeman RR, Attanasio LB, Blauer-Peterson C, O’Brien M. Doula care, birth outcomes, and costs among Medicaid beneficiaries. Am J Public Health. 2013 Apr;103(4):e113-21. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301201. Epub 2013 Feb 14.