In honor of the launching of our website we wanted to share with you an article written for Childbirth Connection on the many benefits of labor support.  Many of the paintings and records we have dating as far back as ancient Greece depict or describe a female presence aside from the midwife, attending to the needs of the mother during labor.  Now that our partners are allowed to be in the delivery room we have gotten away from that kind of support.  Having your partner in the delivery room is a wonderful advancement for the birthing industry, as it helps the mother feel supported and cared for.  But most women will agree that their partners could have been more helpful, especially if they had a long or complicated labor.  The experience and training of a doula can really come in handy.  They are trained to know when the mother needs more support, and well-versed in many different comfort measures.  A doula will be there for the mother, but also for her partner.  The doula can assist the partner in being a greater part of the labor if desired.  She can model massage techniques, and suggest other techniques such as showers or baths, which the partners assistance will be greatly appreciated by the mother.   

The following article briefly describes some of the research findings that support the use of a labor support person during your birth.

Childbirth Connection: Labor Support