Midwifery Today issue 2012
Kicki Hansard, our contact person for BirthBliss, wrote “A Doula’s Best Friends” for Midwifery Today.
Deutsche Hebammenzeitung 2012
The German doula and doula trainer (GfG) Anke Soumah, wrote an article in the German Midwifes’ Review about her experience as a doula in German hospitals.
International Journal of Childbirth: IMBCI
A long article about the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative, founded by Debra Pascali and collegues.
Grandir autrement, numéro 31, septembre – octobre 2011
An article about the first European Doula Network meeting in Paris, June 2011, written by Gaëlle Brunetaud.
A. Stockton_Labour and birth_midirs
Doulas – the future guardian of normal birth? Adela Stockton compares the midwifes’ and the doulas’ role. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 2003
A. Stockton_Prenatal support and preparation for birth_Practising midwife
Adela Stockton examines the benefits of gaining the support of a companion during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. THE PRACTISING MIDWIFE – volume 3 number 5, May 2010
A. Stockton_The doula debate continues_midirs
Adela Stockton discusses the fine line between women’s choice and clinician’s control in view of the questions posed above and mother-led maternity care. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 2010
Aportes de las doulas a la ostetricia moderna
The goal of this paper is to review the evidence related to the effect of a “doula” during labor and delivery. A “doula” is a woman who offers continual emotional support to another woman during labor and delivery. Over the past 25 years, numerous randomized, controlled studies assessing the effect of the doula have been published. The results are surprising, important and consistent in the reduction of the duration of labor and reduction of obstetric interventions such as forceps delivery, cesarean section, and use of analgesia and anesthesia Psychological results include improved subjective experience of the delivery, improved self- confidence, less postpartum depression, improved mother-infant bonding, and increased and duration of breastfeeding. Given the success of this intervention, it is important to extend this practice. REV CHIL OBSTET GINECOL, 2005
Continuous Labor Support_The Journal of Perinatal Education
This updated edition of Care Practice Paper #3 presents the evidence for the benefits of continuous support in labor. The role of the doula is explained. Women are encouraged to plan for continuous support during labor and to consider including a woman experienced with childbirth among their labor support team. THE JOURNAL OF PERINATAL EDUCATION, Volume 16, Number 3, Summer 2007
Improve Maternitiy Services
The first step of the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care insures that women have access to a wide variety of support in labor and during the pregnancy and postpartum periods: unrestricted access to birth companions of their choice, including family and friends; unrestricted access to continuous emotional and physical support from a skilled woman such as a doula; and access to midwifery care. The rationales for the importance of each factor and the evidence to support those rationales are presented. THE JOURNAL OF PERINATAL EDUCATION, SUPPLEMENT Volume 16, Number 1, WINTER 2007
Swedish womens experiences of doula support during childbirth_Elsevier
The study describes the experience of having a doula present during childbirth of 10 women aged between 25 and 35. The study was made in tow large Swedish cities and aimed to find out the women’s need during childbirth. ELSEVIER Ltd, 2006
Cochrane continuous support
The objectives of the study are several. Primary: to assess the effects, on mothers and their babies, of continuous, one-to-one intrapartum support compared with usual care. Secondary: to determine whether the effects of continuous support are influenced by: (1) routine practices and policies in the birth environment that may affect a woman’s autonomy, freedom of movement and ability to cope with labour; (2) whether the caregiver is a member of the staff of the institution; and (3) whether the continuous support begins early or later in labour. THE COCHRANE COLLABORATION, 2009
D.A. Campbell_Labor Doula 2006
The objective of the research was to compare labor outcomes in 600 women accompanied by an additional support person (doula group) with outcomes in women who did not have this additional support person (control group). The research was held at a perinatal care hospital in New Jersey. JOGNN, July/August 2006