With all the excitement over international day of the midwife I'm a bit late celebrating the doulas. But now that I'm on it:
Just in case you aren't familiar with the word "DOULA", from the homepage of DONA International
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Did you know the benefits of having a doula present at birth is proven by research?
DONA (doulas of north america) goes over the research here http://www.dona.org/resources/research.php and sage birth gives a neat little summary of some of the specific figures here http://sagebirth.com/Doulabenefits.htm
and here are more links:
from the american pregnancy association http://www.americanpregnancy.org/labornbirth/havingadoula.html
from midwife ronnie falcos archives http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/doulnots.html
from one of my doula friends on facebook
I'm really excited to be reminded of Doula Month. I'm still hoping to do some training in that area as soon as the grant money comes through.