Bellies to Babies Birth Doula Services serves clients in Lancaster county and the surrounding area, including York and Hershey
, providing continuous support throughout your pregnancy, labor and birth, and the immediate postpartum period. Whether you are delivering at home, or hospital or a birth center, a doula
can provide the support you are looking for.
Studies have shown the use of a birth doula during labor and delivery
can have the following beneficial effects:
- Reduce the need for a cesarean by 50%
- Shorten labor time by 25%
- Reduce requests for Epidurals by 50%
- Reduce the use of Pitocin by 40%
- Reduce the use of Analgesia by 30% (pain meds)
- Reduce the needs for a Forceps Assisted Delivery by 40%
Long term effects:
- Improved Breastfeeding
- increased amount of affectionate time spent with baby
- Increased maternal satisfaction with birth experience
- Decreased postpartum depression
Summarized- Chapter 3 of Mothering the Mother-How a Doula Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth by M.H. Klaus, J.H. Kennell, and P.H. Klaus; Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., New York (1993).
“Hire a doula/labor assistant/support person. It is worth every penny to be reassured during labor by someone who believes birth is a natural function. This person will have supportive non-medical skills to help you through labor for the birth you want. This person will assist you from your first contractions at home right through postpartum. A labor assistant or doula takes the pressure off fathers and family members so that the whole family can be supported.”-ICAN I have taken the “Support with Integrity” Pledge.
Women who choose to breastfeed deserve unified support from other breastfeeding mamas, organizations, professionals and helpful friends. The ultimate goal is to have a happy, healthy mama and a happy, healthy — well-fed — baby.. By displaying the Support with Integrity badge and signing the pledge, I agree to hold hands and help mamas get what they need to make breastfeeding work for them, no matter how they choose to do it. If a mama and baby are making it work, I’ll stand and cheer them on from the sidelines.