what is a doula

As a prenatal chiropractor, we frequently recommend other birth providers to our patients that can help support them in their journey. One of the best providers you can partner with is a trained, professional doula. Unfortunately, many of our patients have never heard of a doula and are not familiar with what they do.

What is a doula?

They are trained professionals who act as a support partner to an expecting mother by providing physical, emotional, and educational support. They are different from other birth providers in that their interest is specifically for the comfort, education, and support of birthing moms.

What does a doula do?

They provide a wide range of support before, during, and after labor including:

  • Physical Support
  • Emotional Support
  • Partner Support
  • Educational Support & Information
  • Advocacy

Why We Recommend Partnering with a Doula

Anything that might help you to have a natural birth is a plus in our book and several studies show that a doula’s continuous support, practical knowledge, and labor-enhancing techniques can help to reduce pain and anxiety in laboring women. When a laboring woman is less frightened and feels less pain, her labor is more likely to progress without the need for interventions. In fact, research suggests that having a doula present might result in:

  • reduced rate of cesarean
  • reduction in epidural request
  • reduction in the use of Pitocin
  • shorter labor
  • an increase in successful breastfeeding and bonding
  • a reduction in ‘baby blues’ and postpartum depression

Looking for a Doula in Altamonte Springs?

We absolutely recommend that you contact Luna Jauragui at Doulas of Orlando! Dr. Christina has been with her through many births and we can honestly say that she is extremely knowledgable, well-trained, and an asset to your birthing team.

Partnering with a strong team of professional care providers is one of the most important things you’ll do throughout your pregnancy journey. Please give us a call or book an evaluation when you’re ready to see a prenatal chiropractor!