The birth of your child is one of the most important days of your life. Everything that happens prenatally and at the labour and birth can have profound effects on the baby, all the way into their adulthood. Think about how much planning, communication and money is put toward an event such as a wedding. Yet, when you ask most mothers, it is the birth of their children that they remember vividly into old age, and it is their birth stories that women share over and over amongst themselves. Why not ensure that you have a positive story to tell?
Here is a link to a first hand account written by a Mum about her Douala experience.
THE BENEFITS TO YOU
Professional support during childbirth has a number of benefits, including a reduction of the need for medical intervention such as forceps, vacuum or caesarean, a tendency for shorter, easier, more comfortable labours, and a reduction of negative feelings about the childbirth experience.
50% reduction in cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in synthetic oxytocin (pitocin) use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
excerpted from ‘Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help you Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth’, by Klaus, Kennell and Klaus (1993)