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07-24-2006, 10:16 PM #1
BellyWomen.net is a website that connects free birth doulas with low income and teen moms who otherwise would not be able to afford a doula at their birth. Doulas are women who provide continuous emotional support, physical comfort, and informational advocacy to mothers during labor. A birth doula is on-call during the last weeks of pregnancy, and comes to you during labor. Studies on birth doulas by Kennell, Klaus, and Klaus demonstrated that having a doula attend births results shorter labors, reduced need for pain medication, reduced incidents of Cesearean section, fewer episiotomies, greater mother-infant bonding, and greater maternal satisfaction with the birth outcome.