A New Medication

If I told you today about a new medication that would reduce fetal asphyxia by 2/3, cut labor length by 1/2 and enhance mother-infant interaction after delivery, I expect there would be a stampede to obtain this medication, no matter what the cost. Just because the supportive companion (Doula) makes common sense does not decrease its importance.

— John Kennel, author of Birth, Interaction and Attachment

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Doula/Doulas

The word doula originates from the Greek meaning servant woman. Here in the US, the term has more appeal. Women are turning to alternative resources for health and specifically birth.  As the natural birth banner is raised, women seem to be flocking to doulas and midwives, in hope of a beautiful birth experience. Doulas represent a new hope for many expectant moms, by providing education, comfort measures, and encouragement.