RVA Parenting: Should I use a doula when I give birth?

RVA Parenting: Should I use a doula when I give birth?

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There's nothing quite like the moment a baby is born and there are plenty of questions parents have before and after the big moment.

Doulas are gaining in popularity across Richmond to help parents answer some of those questions and have their baby's birth go according to their birth plan.

Some moms who gave birth naturally, meaning without the use of an epidural or any kind of pain medications offered by most hospitals, are hiring a doula for support during childbirth. Even many who opt for other child birth interventions use doulas to help them through labor.

The word doula comes from ancient Greek and means a woman who serves. It is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.

"You come out a more confident mom and studies show you have less post-partum depression, you have a better chance of nursing successfully and you just have an overall confidence with your spouse or your partner going into parenting," said Richmond doula Taylor Winters. "So, I think it's an investment worth making."

Doulas are not medical professionals, so they don't take the place of an OB/GYN or nurse, but often are in the delivery room to help the new parents. They can cost between $400 and $900.

Richmond Doulas are holding a Meet Your Doula event on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Library Meeting Room at 1901 Starling Drive.


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