If you don’t know what a doula is, I’m guessing this is Groupon is not going to encourage you to hire one. According to Doula International, “the word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.”
According to Doula International, “Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.” You can find out more about their research here. I’m guessing most doulas are not certified through Groupons, but I have no evidence to support this.
I am betting Doula International is not going to be psyched to hear that people can get certified through a Groupon. After all, the words “credible education” and “discount price” don’t typically go together. If you are hiring a doula, I would consider asking about her education. Is she certified? Is she certified through Groupon or another organization? Did she attend The University of Phoenix’s doula education program?
Seriously, though, if you are looking for a doula, check with DONA or CAPPA. They are both credible organizations and have information on doulas in your area. You can find out if the doula is in good standing and whether she as any active grievances filed against her.
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