The Benefits of Hiring a Doula

As a part of my Tuesdays are for Tips Instagram Live video series, I discussed some of the benefits into why you should hire a doula to assist you during pregnancy and birth. Below the video is a brief outline of what I am discussing in the event you want to try to skip around. These topics include:

  • What is a doula
  • What are the benefits of a doula during pregnancy, labor, and delivery
  • Why Doulas are for Dads
  • What’s included in doula services, also what’s excluded
  • General cost of a doula
  • Where to find a doula
  • My personal experience




  • What is a Doula?
    • Obstetrician
    • Midwife
    • Doula
      • “Woman who serves” in ancient Greek
      • Not medically trained
      • Physical, emotional, informational support
      • Certified or uncertified, board certification
  • What are the benefits of a doula?
    • Continuous support
    • Reduced chance of a C-section
    • Less need for pitocin
    • Less requests for an epidural
    • Quicker labor
    • Reduction in need for forceps or vacuum
    • Increased chance of having a positive birth experience and maternal self-esteem
    • Higher breastfeeding success
    • Can help in the event interventions are required. Providing all the support mentioned
      • Apgar scores at birth
  • Doulas are for dads
    • Physical Support
    • Emotional Support
    • Time Support
    • Education and Advocacy
  • Why you should have a doula regardless of medicated or unmedicated birth
  • What is included in their services?
    • Included
    • Excluded
    • Cost: $0-$1500