What is a Doula and How to Become a Doula

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Women reported having a more positive childbirth experience when using a Doula. Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of a mother’s birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.

What is a Doula?

A Doula is a trained childbirth and childcare helper. This is a non-medical person who provides emotional and physical support to a woman, partner and family during pregnancy and childbirth. Doulas perform many different tasks, depending on the expectant mother’s needs and wants. Including but not limited to: Pregnant Woman Enjoying The Massage From Female Therapist

  • Answer questions about the birthing process
  • Help parents understand labor and delivery procedures
  • Help parents develop the birth plan
  • Assist during the labor process to provide comfort and support
  • Use massage to help the mother relax
  • Make sure the mother receives adequate nutrition and fluids
  • Communicate parents’ preferences to the labor & delivery staff
  • Involve and reassure the mother’s partner
  • Provide support and encouragement after baby comes home
  • Teach parents how to care for their new baby
  • Assist with breastfeeding
  • Help make an easy transition for the baby and rest of the family

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How to become a Professional Doula

If helping a woman in her most wonderful time of life sounds like something you’d love, you might want to consider a career in it. You can become a certified doula online with Madriella is a licensed, certified online doula training facility that offers several different types of certifications. You can also get hands-on training¬†given by approved workshop providers, experienced doulas that want to pass on their knowledge to other women (which is the heart of the Madriella philosophy).

If you are seeking a career in helping women, and being part of their most challenging and rewarding time of their life, consider a career as a doula! offers courses to become a Certified Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula, and even a Madriella Childbirth Educator.

Get $50 off your Doula Training at Madriella with the discount code: BABYNAMES

There’s also a discount for active duty military or active duty dependent.

In short, makes becoming a doula affordable and accessible to everyone, as well as connecting you to a close and supportive community.

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