The process of giving birth extends far beyond the physical. It is an emotional and transformative moment of a parents-to-be’s life. The role of a birth doula is to offer support during this time, prioritizing the emotional needs of the pregnant person, “mothering the mother”, and offering continuous labor support for the family.
A 2012 report published by the NIH, which analyzed over 15,000 births, found that persons with continuous labor support:
- are more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth
- are less likely to have intrapartum analgesia
- are less likely to report dissatisfaction
- are more likely to have a have shorter labor
- are less likely to have a caesarean
- are less likely to have an instrumental vaginal birth
- are less likely to have regional analgesia
- are less likely to have a baby with a low five-minute Apgar score
@mollyshephard is a NYC-based doula, offering holistic and spiritual support during the prenatal & birthing experience.
*sliding scale rates available