Doulas (pronounced “doola”) are an age-old concept, but one that not many people are familiar with in today’s modern care system. As trained childbirth attendants, doulas provide comfort and support to women and their partners throughout labour – be it a hand to hold or some verbal encouragement.
Comprehensive, evidence-based healthcare reviews tell us that the benefits of hiring a doula include shorter labor, a significant reduction in birth interventions such as lower c-section rates, and happier, well nurtured parents. Doulas will meet with you prenatally to discuss your goals for labor & birth, review comfort measures & positions for labor, and will labor with you at home before it is time to go to the hospital. They stay with you for the duration of your labor & delivery, to help you welcome your baby. The Community Birth Program values the support of doulas and is pleased to offer doula support to our patients for a reduced fee.
If you would like a doula to help with your care, you can fill out a form in our clinic and our doula coordinator will help find the best match.