Pregnant women choosing a hospital or freestanding birth center birth in the Greater Charleston area can greatly benefit from retaining the services of a doula. A doula is a professional care provider who understands and trusts the process of birth. She provides continuous physical and emotional support for the laboring mother and her partner. Studies have proven a dramatic decrease in epidural and cesarean section rates, usage of pitocin and forceps and usage of other pain medications, as well as many other benefits for mother and baby when doulas accompany mothers throughout their labors and births. Doulas from Coastal Birth Services have played a key part in helping many birthing families in South Carolina realize their goals for their births.
For more information on the benefits of a doula, check out the following links...
Doulas Of North America (DONA)