Mother the Mother: Pregnancy, birth, and baby support
Discover how a doula can help you experience a positive birth
IOWA CITY, Iowa – May 15, 2013– May is the time to celebrate Mother’s as well as the professionals who provide support during a woman’s pregnancy and birth journey, the doulas. To celebrate the International Month of the Doula, the Iowa City Doulas are hosting a Meet the Doulas event 7PM, Wednesday, May 15th, at Panera Bread in the Sycamore Mall in Iowa City. The public is invited to learn about what a doula can do and to connect with each doula, speed dating style.
Birth doulas help families prepare for their birth with information and prenatal meetings. During the birthing time, the doula accompanies the laboring woman and her birth partner. The doula provides emotional support, information and physical comfort. They facilitate communication with caregivers to help clients feel fully informed, and provide reassurance. The doula helps with labor coping skills, positioning and support techniques. Postpartum doulas help new mothers in the early weeks with their new baby. Parents find the additional help with breastfeeding, education related to newborn care, errand running, nighttime support and assistance with each families particular needs as invaluable.
The word doula comes from the Greek word meaning ‘a woman who serves.’ Studies have shown that a doula’s presence at births results in shorter labors with fewer complications, fewer requests for pain medications and/or epidurals, a reduction in the labor-enhancing drug, pitocin, and a reduction in assisted deliveries with forceps, vacuum extraction and cesareans. In addition, women who have worked with doulas are more satisfied with their birth experience, feel more confident in their ability to mother, bond faster with their newborn, are less likely to have Postpartum Depression, and are more likely to breastfeed. Postpartum doulas reduce the stress involved in being a new mom. ~ Klaus, Kennel, and Klaus 2001
Summed up, Doulas like to say that they "mother the mother."