Certified Doulas

By: Sarah Grady
By: Sarah Grady

Have you ever heard of a doula? Many people probably haven't, but it's becoming a term expecting mothers and the medical communities are hearing more often.

As a certified doula, Stephanie Brandt prepares couples for delivery, but her main job is to provide physical and emotional support throughout the actual labor experience.

Brandt says its what many women need in the hospital environment.

Brandt says, "Doctors and nurses are coming and going. Nobody’s going to stay with you the whole time from beginning to end, so if you have a doula that in itself can change your birth 360 degrees."

Records show only about five percent of women have a doula-assisted birth, but that number is expected to rise. Studies show a reduction in cesareans, labor time, epidural requests and other interventions when a doula is used.

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