The Doula
Advantage
What do we know?
Information Technology in Nursing
NR 110. 404
Fall 2010
Trish Bermudez, Kara Cruice, ...
Doula- “At Mother's Service”
certified labor assistant
What is your ideal birth?
CHOICES
Doulas do not replace fathers
They work as a team
Emotional Support
Physical Support
Why a doula?
Reduce c-section rates
Improve birth experience
Increase breastfeeding rates
Research shows that
doulas make the biggest difference
to families who experience
pregnancy and birth complications
Having a doula at any birth results in
a 50% reduction in c-sections
C-section rates are increasing worldwide.
It is known that induction of
labor leads to more c-sections.
Having a doula at an induced birth
results in 80% reduction
in c-sections!
“Breast is Best”
“Postpartum blues”
Feeling sad and weepy after the baby is born
85% of women - “mood disturbance”
15% of women - depression
Better birth experience with a doula
→ happier mom
(makes sense to us!)
In conclusion, the presence of a doula
brings you ….
• More likely to give birth without sedation
medications (analgesia o...
Doula – the “lemons into lemonade”
converter in your birth room!
References
ACOG Committee Opinion No. 343: psychosocial risk factors: perinatal
screening and intervention (2006) Obstet G...
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  1. 1. The Doula Advantage What do we know? Information Technology in Nursing NR 110. 404 Fall 2010 Trish Bermudez, Kara Cruice, Hai Yen Ho, Lindi Hobongwana, Katya Simon
  2. 2. Doula- “At Mother's Service” certified labor assistant
  3. 3. What is your ideal birth?
  4. 4. CHOICES
  5. 5. Doulas do not replace fathers They work as a team
  6. 6. Emotional Support
  7. 7. Physical Support
  8. 8. Why a doula? Reduce c-section rates Improve birth experience Increase breastfeeding rates
  9. 9. Research shows that doulas make the biggest difference to families who experience pregnancy and birth complications
  10. 10. Having a doula at any birth results in a 50% reduction in c-sections
  11. 11. C-section rates are increasing worldwide. It is known that induction of labor leads to more c-sections.
  12. 12. Having a doula at an induced birth results in 80% reduction in c-sections!
  13. 13. “Breast is Best”
  14. 14. “Postpartum blues” Feeling sad and weepy after the baby is born 85% of women - “mood disturbance” 15% of women - depression
  15. 15. Better birth experience with a doula → happier mom (makes sense to us!)
  16. 16. In conclusion, the presence of a doula brings you …. • More likely to give birth without sedation medications (analgesia or anesthesia). • More likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth. • More likely to breastfeed your babies. • More satisfaction with childbirth experiences • Shorter labor length. • Less complications (Hodnett, Gates, & Sakala, 2007)
  17. 17. Doula – the “lemons into lemonade” converter in your birth room!
  18. 18. References ACOG Committee Opinion No. 343: psychosocial risk factors: perinatal screening and intervention (2006) Obstet Gynecol. 108(2), 469-77. Hodnett, ED, Gates, S, & Sakala, C. (2007). Continuous support for women during childbirth (review). The Cochrane Collaboration, (4), 1-72. McGrath, SK., Kennell J.H. (2008). A randomized controlled trial of continuous labor support for middle-class couples: effect on cesarean delivery rates. Birth, 35(2), 92-7. Nommsen-Rivers LA, Mastergeorge AM, Hansen RL, Cullum AS, Dewey KG., Initials. (2009). Doula care, early breastfeeding outcomes, and breastfeeding status at 6 weeks postpartum among low-income primiparae. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs., 38(2), 157-73 Scott KD, Klaus PH, Klaus MH., Initials. (1999). The obstetrical and postpartum benefits of continuous support during childbirth. J Womens Health Gend Based Med. , 8(10), 1257-64.
  19. 19. Thank you for your time!

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