DID YOU KNOW? Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%!• I provide physical comfort techniques. (Massage, counter pressure, positioning, breathing, rhythmic rituals, acupressure, recognizing and releasing tension, use of hydrotherapy, vocalizations and use of the birth ball, etc.) • I offer emotional support. (Continuous presence and sole focus, verbal encouragement and feedback, visualizations, distractions through mental activities and rituals, etc.)• I bring informational support. (Prenatal sessions, help creating a birth plan, recommended reading lists, breastfeeding and bonding information.)• I support strong communication between you and your partner and the other members of your birth team.