IPCG offers pre and post-natal doula services from a Doula Apprentice trained with ROOTT (Restoring Our Own Through Transformation) of Columbus, Ohio. Nichole Harris, LPCC-S, is a Full Spectrum Doula Apprentice and is working on certifications through ROOTT. We believe every woman should have the birth she desires. Protecting the birth space is essential. As an agency that advocates for Maternal Child Health, we also believe information is knowledge that allows one to make informed decisions about their care. We support women of all races, ethnicities and nationalities in their decisions to birth, where to birth and how to birth. We recognize mental and emotional health is key components to healthy pregnancy and delivery. Allow us to help you prepare for your birth and post-partum recovery. Everyday is Labor Day.
A doula is a trained professional who assists during pregnancy, childbirth, post birth to provide emotional, informational, and physical support to the mother. Doulas do not perform clinical tasks, like fetal heart tone assessment or cervical examinations.
Parents who are supported by a doula during pregnancy and birth tend to have lower rates of medical interventions during their labors, including assisted deliveries and cesarean births. They also tend to feel more bonded with their newborns, and their babies tend to breastfeed longer and more exclusively.
Benefits of Doula Services
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Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.
Other studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.2
Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor. According to physicians Marshal Klaus and John Kennell, massage helps stimulate the production of natural oxytocin. The pituitary gland secretes natural oxytocin to the bloodstream (causing uterine contractions) and to the brain (resulting in feelings of well-being and drowsiness, along with a higher pain threshold).