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The Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Doula | Mother Rising

If you are pregnant you’ve likely already heard the term doula as nowadays it is a common word used during pregnancy. A doula is a support person hired to provide physical, emotional and information support before, during and after birth.  In this post we will explore the top reasons to hire a doula. Let’s get started!

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Doula

If you are preparing for an upcoming birth a doula may be exactly what you need. These are the top 10 reasons to hire a doula.

Helps with the Intensity of Birth

One of the big reasons to hire a doula is because labor will likely be more intense than you think. Most women are surprised by the intensity of birth. A doula is helpful because she provides a calm, encouraging presence which can eliminate fear and therefore decrease pain.

Also, doulas are helpful in intense birth scenarios because they provide reminders that what she is experiencing is normal, and actually a good thing! Intensity means she gets to see her baby soon.

Takes Pressure off Dad

Historically, dads have never been expected to assist moms in birth. These days things are completely the opposite. Many dads are expected to perform as if they were actually a doula! How can this be so? They’ve likely never even attended a birth before!

Often, having a doula present at birth will take some pressure off of dad. In my experience, dads sometimes perform best in the roll of loving partners rather than as doula.

With the pressure off of dads to be an amazing doula, dads tend to be more present and are therefore most helpful to their partners.

Accessible for Support

Another one of the reasons to hire a doula is that doulas are available for phone, text, email or in person support before birth. It can be a relief to have access to a doula at 3 am via facebook messenger. I’ve even Facetime’d with clients!

Often, these conversations are in regards to minor questions that a woman wouldn’t want to bother her midwife/OB with.

Sometimes these questions are very similar to the questions below.

Legit Encouragement

Most doulas have attended many births and even given birth themselves. It’s encouraging to have someone present who has been there, done that. When a doula says, “you’re doing great” it can be very encouraging!

On the other hand, it’s hard to appreciate it when your partner says, “you’re doing great” and you’re wondering how in the world HE knows.

PRO TIP:  If you’re looking for things to say and not say at a birth, make sure you check out my post 10 things to NEVER say to a woman in labor (and what to say instead). You’ll thank me later! 😉

Unbiased Support

A doula is there for you and your partner, nobody else. Doulas don’t typically work for a midwife, birth center, or hospital so they answer only to you. They’re not busy caring for the medical aspects of birth, but solely there to make sure you do well physically and emotionally.

One of the best reasons to hire a doula is because doulas support women wherever and however you choose to give birth.

Nourish the Parents

Because of the intensities of birth, parents sometimes forget to take care of themselves. Another one of the top reasons to hire a doula is because they will happily offer reminders for everyone to eat, drink, change positions, go to the bathroom, etc.

Believe it or not, both mom and dad can easily forget these things! Don’t forget, doulas aren’t only there to serve the mom, but also the dad.

Statistics Support Doulas

Statistically, a doula that provides continuous labor support is a key player in creating excellent outcomes for mothers and their babies.

According to a 2012 Cochrane Review, women who received continuous labor support were:

  • more likely to give birth spontaneously
  • less likely to give birth via caesarean or with a vacuum or forceps
  • less likely to use pain medications
  • more likely to be satisfied
  • had slightly shorter labors

Also, their babies were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores. And no adverse effects were identified!

Women who choose doulas are more likely to have a natural childbirth. How awesome is that?

Labor at Home

Many women hire a doula so that they will be able to labor at home as long as possible before heading in for their out of home birth. If this is the case, these women are hoping to arrive at the hospital during transition, just before the pushing stage.

With a doula present, it is easier to distinguish where a woman is at in the stages of labor. Most parents head to the hospital too early, and some unfortunately go too late. A doula is one more added layer of support to ensure parents arrive at the hospital at the right time.

Walking Birth Plan

As you may have begun to realize, birth isn’t 100% of the time the most straightforward thing on the planet. Because of that, another reason to hire a doula is because a doula is like having a walking birth plan.

Sometimes (although not in my local hospitals!) written birth plans often go unread and may even evoke negative feelings and energy from care providers. Doulas are excellent at encouraging their clients to make their requests known (like limited vaginal exams) as situations arise so that mamas can go within, stay focused, and give birth to their baby.

When plans change, and a little bit of the unexpected comes (as it inevitably does!), doulas are invaluable to have on hand to navigate these changes in plans. For example, if a cesarean birth becomes the next best thing, a doula can remind parents of their desire to have a more “gentle” cesarean and request thins like skin-to-skin in the OR.

Doula = Birth Bouncer

Finally, on this list of reasons to hire a doula, you should hire a doula because they make great birth bouncers.

What is a birth bouncer? A birth bouncer, or a gatekeeper, is a person whose responsibility it is to keep the right people in the birth room and the wrong people out.

At a doula prenatal meeting, a doula will discuss with parents about who should be there and who specifically should not. If this is a big issue, a doula may help brainstorm all possible solutions. At birth, along with dad, she can help protect the birth space by asking Aunt Trudy and neighbor Dorothy to leave.

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Doula

A doula is an excellent choice for many women hoping to have a safe and satisfying birth. Just to recap, these are the top reasons to hire a doula.

  1. Helps with the Intensity of Birth
  2. Takes Pressure off Dad
  3. Accessible for Support
  4. Legit Encouragement
  5. Unbiased Support
  6. Nourish the Parents
  7. Statistics Support Doulas
  8. Labor at Home
  9. Walking Birth Plan
  10. Doula = Birth Bouncer

What about you? What are your reasons for hiring a doula? Leave a comment and let me know.

Charlotte Fleet

Monday 30th of January 2023

Thanks for mentioning how a doula is there to solely make sure you are doing well physically and emotionally. My sister-in-law is 8 months pregnant and wants to be fully prepared for when the due date comes around. I'll suggest that she consider hiring a doula this month to make the entire birthing process easier for her altogether.

McKinley MacGregor

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

I love the term "birth bouncers"! Definitely how it feels sometimes as a doula and I love having a term to put with it to describe it to clients. Thank you!

Lindsey VanAlstyne

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

You're welcome!

Marina Wellis

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

I am in my third month of pregnancy, and I was actually thinking about whether or not I should hire a midwife to help me out. Thinking and weighing the pros and cons are a bit difficult for me, so it really helped when I found your article. I think I can agree with you that it is encouraging to have someone with me who knows exactly what I feel as a woman. That way, I would really know what I should be doing and if what I was doing's correct. Thanks a lot!


Thursday 16th of November 2017

You're welcome!

Latoya Johnson

Thursday 9th of November 2017

I'm glad I came across your article about hiring a doula. I love that you talked how a doula can help in eliminating fear of giving birth because they can provide a calm and encouraging presence. I'm in my 6th month of pregnancy. I understand the possible pain that I can experience because of giving birth naturally. Personally, this is my preferred method no matter what the risk of pain it can give me, so I'm looking for a doula who can guide me all throughout the process of giving birth. I will make sure to consider all your tips.


Friday 13th of August 2010

LOL, love the word birth bouncers. That's a new one.Great post.