Debra Lee Wilson303.840.8341
The Value of Labor SupportAn essay written for the DONA Certification Process
Priceless. Nothing is more valuable than family; and supporting families from the very beginning is a calling built on trust. Nothing can truly prepare a woman for the roller coaster of emotion experienced during labor. But having a knowledgeable, calm and caring woman present to offer support and effective comfort measures can work wonders in easing anxiety and diminishing pain.
A role of a doula is invaluable. It starts well before the birthday. Labor support includes emotional, physical and moral support. A doula's support builds confidence and diffuses fear, decreasing the length of labor and the need for many medical interventions including a cesarean delivery.
Laboring women often feel run over by the medical community, not realizing that they have choices. Hospitals must run on efficiency. It is not realistic for the doctor or a nurse to sit with a laboring woman through each and every breath. A doula will be glad to do just that.
As reported in the DONA Position Paper, “The Doula’s Contribution to Modern Maternity Care,” a number of studies published in the 1980’s and 1990’s showed statistically significant decreases in the rates of medical interventions such as forceps delivery, oxytocin induction and augmentation, and Cesarean birth when labor and birth were attended by doulas or healthcare professionals acting as doulas. In addition, some studies suggest a significant improvement in postpartum outcomes such as breastfeeding success and decreased rates of postpartum depression when a doula attends a birth.
Many times drugs and certain interventions are not truly necessary. Maybe all she needs is a cool wash rag, a massage, soothing music or someone to hold her hand. “The doula’s role is to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners [the entire family] during labor and birth.” (DONA...