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A doula is someone trained in giving continuous emotional and physical support throughout labor. Midwives, physicians, and nurses are hard-pressed to give the kind of attention typically required to support women continuously during labor. Studies have found that women with labor support have shorter labors and much less need for pain medication, intravenous oxytocin augmentation, forceps, vacuum extraction, and cesarean section than women without this care. As a hired doula, I will provide mom with support during labor, after birth, at the hospital or home and post partum support.  I would plan to help mom hold space for the possibility of feeling confident in whatever choices she makes for herself and her baby during the labor and birth process.

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