How exactly do doulas help?

How do doula’s affect the outcomes of labor? Doulas are trained in different ways to soothe and comfort the laboring person. From physical methods like counter-pressure, massage, hot/cold packs, guided movement, breathing and more. Or setting up the birth area with smells, sounds, and soft lighting. The goal is making the pregnant person feel safe and empowered in their ability. Oxytocin the “feel good” hormone is responsible for labor progression, adrenaline the “fear/fight/flight/freeze” hormone counteracts oxytocin. So the more confident and safe a laboring person feels the better the labor is for most labors.

Conceptual Model Doulas (revised 2017)

*From Evidence Based Birth

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