Hearts & Hands UCSD Volunteer Doula Program

DOULAS - THE RETURN OF A TIME-HONORED TRADITION OF SUPPORT DURING BIRTH

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Why Use a Doula?

Benefits of Doula Care

A doula mothers the mother and in doing so, provides a level of personal care to enhance the experience of childbirth for the whole family.    


Doula care has been proven to decrease:  

  • Length of labor  
  • Use of epidurals and other pain medications  
  • Use of medical interventions such as augmentation of labor (use of Pitocin)  
  • Cesarean section rates   


A doula's presence  

  • helps fathers or partners participate at their own comfort level  
  • assists busy hospital staff  
  • saves money (fewer medical interventions, shorter hospital stays)  
  • increases breastfeeding rates and success  
  • supports overall family bonding  
  • greatly increases a mother's overall satisfaction with her birthing experience