Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby! Thank you for your interest in our services. Colorado Caring Doulas serve most of the Denver area including Boulder, Brighton and Broomfield as well as Northern Colorado. It is our desire to provide you and your partner with the support necessary to make your pregnancy and birth a positive and rewarding experience. We recognize that no two births are alike and it is our privilege to assist you in discovering the kind of birth you want and doing what we can to make that a reality. We are committed to providing loving and caring support to our clients and their families. We believe in the strength and power of a woman's body and if left to the her inborn capabilities, most births will progress smoothly and naturally. We have been friends for over 30 years and as mothers, friends and doulas we are passionate about our work together.
What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and 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. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth
Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures
An objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care providers
Allows the woman's partner to participate at his comfort level
Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience
Labor Doula Statistics
- 50% reduction in cesarean rate
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
- 40% reduction in oxytocin use
- 60% reduction in epideral requests
- 30% reduction in analegesia use
(Information was obtained from Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth, Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus - 1993)