The Value of Labor Support

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The Purpose and Value of Labor Support.

There are many benefits to a mother and her family for having labor support. One benefit is improvements with labor and delivery outcomes. According to the 2014 statement by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologist. There has been a decrease in the use of Pitocin, lower risk of C-sections, less use of pain relief medications, lower risk of newborns admissions into NICU, and reduction of dis-satisfactory birth experiences. When these things are decreased women in labor don’t tend to go down the staircase of unnecessary medical interventions which in turn gives them and their families a more pleasant experience during labor and delivery.

The support of a doula can give a mother and her partner peace of mind as well. Knowing there is a professional by their side that has experience with pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Someone to listen and work through any fears and concerns the family may have, to talk about decisions that come up, to make sure they have the information they may need to make these informed decisions. To have a hand to hold and provide many techniques for relaxation and comfort. Looking out for the family is an important role for a doula. Making sure to help them be supportive when they can as well as getting rest, water, and food. After all, everyone is there together to promote a satisfying healthy outcome. We work as a team. It can shorten their labor and promote a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula is present (Cochrane Review).

The purpose behind providing labor support is to promote healthier outcomes of infants and to increase the bonds between family members and future generations in our society. When given more attention, support, and realistic expectations during these transitions into parenthood, there are everlasting impacts on families. I have seen the family bond strengthen in front of my eyes. They find empowerment when they can focus on what really matters. Their family. By supporting them, fosters growth. According to DONA International’s Position Paper, the importance of fostering relationships between parents and infants cannot be overemphasized, since these early relationships largely determine the future of each family, and also of society as a whole. The quality of emotional care received by the mother and her partner during labor, birth, and immediately afterwards is one vital factor that can strengthen or weaken the emotional ties between parent and child.

A doula’s responsibilities is to provide a service to my community. Offering primacy of my client’s interests, the rights and prerogatives of my client, confidentiality, and obligation to serve. I am reliable and adhere to my contract. I also set a fair price for the services I offer to my client’s through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. (DONA International Code of Ethics)

A doula’s role is to give mothers, her partner, and their family emotional support, physical comfort, and provide reassurance and perspective.  A doula can help with relaxation, suggestions to keep labor progressing, tips for her partner to use in supporting the mother, and provide a soothing touch, a warm bath, apply cold/hot packs to the body, and hold her when she needs.  As a doula, I do not make any decisions for my clients nor do I preform any clinical tasks. (DONA International Standards of Practice) I am there continuously throughout labor and tend to stay after birth until the family is comfortable with me leaving. If you are interested in learning more or working with me, you may contact me here.

Thank You,

Hillery Lyen Warren




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