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What are the Benefits of Having a Doula?


A post partum doula can be helpful for any new (or experienced) mother. 

Some countries, such as the Netherlands, routinely provide post-partum doula care for new mothers.


What Does a Doula Do?


A post-partum doula offers families evidence-based information and support with the following:


  • More successful at breastfeeding and breastfeed longer
  • Bond more quickly with their babies
  • Less likely to experience post-partum depression
  • Decreased maternal exhaustion, frustration, and apprehension
  • Increased confidence in handling your newborn and recognizing newborn cues
  • Greater understanding of newborn emotional and physical needs
  • Ability to filter the overwhelming and often differing advice from family, friends, and others on newborn care


Read more from the DONA website about the benefits of doula care

 

What are the Benefits of Breastfeeding?

 

Research on human mother's milk confirms its many advantages. Babies who are breastfed

have a decreased chance of developing many problems including the following:


  • Respiratory and ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Diarrheal infections, gastrointestinal reflux, and NEC
  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • S.I.D.S.
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Childhood lymphomas such as Hodgkin’s Disease and Leukemia

 

Current research indicates that human milk’s protective qualities last well into adulthood.

Adults who were breastfed as infants have a decreased risk of developing:


  • Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's disease
  • Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Obesity
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Breast cancer

Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of developing the following:


  • Ovarian, endometrial, and breast cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • decreases need for insulin if the mother is Diabetic
  • Mother's who breastfeed are providing their infant with completely balanced and perfect nutrition

Want to know more about the benefits of breastfeeding? www.Promom.org

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