Why A Doula?


A doula literally means one who serves and supports.

A modern day professional doula provides continuous physical, mental and emotional support for both mom and partner before, during and after birth.

A doula understands the stages of labor and can assist with breathing, suggestErger_Birth_066 positions and help create connecting with partner and their involvement.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. Recent statistics have shown that women with continual support can expect:

  • 52% reduction in Cesarean Births
  • 40% reduction in Pitocin use
  • 36% less likely to use analgesia meds for pain
  • 60% less epidural requests
  • 41% reduction in vacuum extraction and forceps deliveries
  • 29% shorter labors
  • 13% less likely to be dissatisfied with or negatively rate their birth experience


During Labor – continual support and coaching is medically proven to make a real difference in the birth experience, decreasing interventions and increasing satisfaction.

Postpartum – helping to ease the transition of a new family and reducing risks of mood disorders.

Effects On Babies – fewer special care hospitals and shorter hospital stays when doula is present as well as successful breastfeeding and better bonding.

For Partners – helping to reassure the importance of their role and guidance in how to be involved on the level that is comfortable for them. A doula can bring confidence in the birth and during the postpartum period.

“If it wasn’t for my doula  I would have gotten an epidural again. She was absolutely the best and such a blessing to me and my husband.” – Danny, P. MD. & Sommer, RDN. Owens

As doula’s, we have seen first hand how encouraging, comforting, strengthening, educating, coaching and guiding a mother during childbirth provides not only a helping hand but the assurance that she is not alone! Our only job is to focus on mom and her well-being. Here are a few to the important aspects of a doula’s role in birth:

  • To help mom feel secure and confident in her abilities to deliver her baby
  • to gently reminder her that she is handling and managing beautifully
  • to show her focused breathing to help alleviate pain
  • find comfortable but effective laboring positions
  • to sooth any doubts away with stress relieving techniques

“If you’re looking to have a natural birth then get in touch with the Waco Doula group. They are truly a part of our team.”  -LDR nurses at Providence Hospital


Women need many things in the child birthing process. A doula plays only one role on the birthing team. Who are the other key players? Of course, your primary care-giver (Dr or midwife), your nurse and your partner all have a role in LDR.  First your care-giver is the medical authority that you have hired to ensure the health and safety of you and your baby during birth. She/he has the medical expertise and training to deliver your baby when the time comes.

Next we have the nurse that is assigned to you once you arrive at the hospital. Her job is vital in having a positive birth experience. She represents the hospital and all of the procedures that take place as well as keeps tabs on you and your baby in order to relay information to your care-giver. She has many responsibilities and most of the time, other patients. Nurses make sure that you have what you need and keep things running smoothly. Because you have a Dr/midwife and a nurse, doulas do not do anything medical. We do not prescribe or diagnose. That is your care-givers job.

We all have our role and we do not trip over one another if we are doing the jobs we are there to do. The constant attention doulas provide for their clients frees up the nurse to focus on their tasks at hand. The fact that you have your medical advisors means that a doula does not have to monitor you and baby for emergencies which allows us to do a better job….supporting you!


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