Midwives and Doulas: Mothers First
Women benefit from and value the presence of a support person during labor, to provide psychological, physical, emotional, informational and practical support. In Episode 3 of Mothers First, we get a breakdown of what midwives and doulas are and the benefits a mother receives from their care while pregnant, at delivery and in the postpartum time.
Women given midwifery care are more likely to have shorter labors, spontaneous vaginal births without hospitalization, less perineal trauma, higher breastfeeding rates, and greater satisfaction with their births. As a certified nurse midwife, Kendra Oates provides holistic care for women with low-risk pregnancies, empowering mom to ensure she has the healthiest, most successful course of pregnancy.
The positive effects of doula care have been found to be greater for women who were socially disadvantaged, low income, unmarried, primiparous, giving birth in a hospital without a companion, or had experienced language/cultural barriers. Sierra McClain-Henry, a Houston-based doula, provides women with evidence-based information and education, while most importantly, supporting mom and the decisions mom makes about her birth experience.
Mothers First is a limited digital series featuring stories of women and experts about their experiences with pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum time.