What are the benefits of having a birth doula?

 A birth doula is experienced in supporting women and their partners during labor and birth.  The calming, reassuring presence of a birth doula has been shown to have many benefits such as:

Shortens first-time labor by an average of 2 hours

Decreases the chance of caesarean section by 50%

Decreases the need for pain medication

Helps fathers participate with confidence

Increases success in breastfeeding

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What is the difference between a doula and a mother's help/child-minder/nanny?

 Doulas are unique in the support and help they offer. A doula can provide practical and emotional support throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
They ensure continuity as well as easing the transition to parenthood.

  If I hire a birth doula, do I still need a midwife?

 Yes. Birth doulas do not replace the role of a midwife as they do not offer medical advice or get involved in clinical care. A birth doula provides continual support, comfort and encouragement during labor – enhancing the birth experience.

 Although it is not illegal to have an 'unassisted birth', or to give birth without a midwife, anyone who is not qualified and assists a woman to give birth can be prosecuted.