This story just came out in the Post-Gazette, about how awesome doulas in Pittsburgh are. Here are a few highlights:
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
By Tina Calabro
Over the past two decades, an increasing number of mothers-to-be have arranged for a doula to be present during labor and delivery. The centuries-old role of doula — a knowledgeable, older woman who tends to a mother during childbirth — has become a contemporary sight in hospital obstetric units. Recent national surveys report that doulas participate in about five out of every hundred births, and that number is growing.
It’s well documented that doula-assisted births often result in shorter labors, fewer C-sections and forceps deliveries, and less medication. Those who track community doulas are discovering additional benefits, such as fewer premature births, greater commitment to breastfeeding, and healthier pregnancy behaviors.
“We’re high on doulas,” says David Brewton, associate executive director of East Liberty Family Health Care Center.
The realization among social service providers that community doulas could positively impact the health of the baby was a collective “aha” moment, says Hope Ruedy, director of Erie Homes for Children and Adults in Erie. The agency has run a doula program for women with mental health and other types of disabilities since 2000.
Full story here
I love the good publicity.