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  • 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. Doula- “At Mother's Service” certified labor assistant
  • 3. What is your ideal birth?
  • 4. CHOICES
  • 5. Doulas do not replace fathers They work as a team
  • 6. Emotional Support
  • 7. Physical Support
  • 8. Why a doula? Reduce c-section rates Improve birth experience Increase breastfeeding rates
  • 9. Research shows that doulas make the biggest difference to families who experience pregnancy and birth complications
  • 10. Having a doula at any birth results in a 50% reduction in c-sections
  • 11. C-section rates are increasing worldwide. It is known that induction of labor leads to more c-sections.
  • 12. Having a doula at an induced birth results in 80% reduction in c-sections!
  • 13. “Breast is Best”
  • 14. “Postpartum blues” Feeling sad and weepy after the baby is born 85% of women - “mood disturbance” 15% of women - depression
  • 15. Better birth experience with a doula → happier mom (makes sense to us!)
  • 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. Doula – the “lemons into lemonade” converter in your birth room!
  • 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. Thank you for your time!