Tuesday, October 20, 2009


My friend Tera posted this on FaceBook today. As a midwife and doula (they spelled it wrong) - she was understandably upset. As a woman reading this I felt so violated.

Just read this from the DONA website

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Other studies have shown that having a doula as part of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40% and the request for an epidural by 60%.

Now why would a "woman's clinic" take away her support system? I am guessing that the clinic doesn't want someone advocating for the mother. Maybe they prefer to have "control" over the birth. Maybe they use scare tactics, maybe they are just plain mean. For whatever reason it's time to make a stand.

Lets call this clinic and tell them that:

We are in charge of our births

We decide who will and will not be our support

We will use any safe method we choose to manage pain (Bradley for one)

We deserve an advocate

We will not be bullied, scared or discriminated against.

We are women, HEAR US ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!

Aspen Woman's Clinic.. Give them a call 801-374-5000- Let them know you don't like their SIGN!!!


Mom's Place said...

Holy Crap! Where was this? That's just crazy! I have never heard of any hospital NOT allowing Doula's!

Jess said...

haha I'll put it out there! It's a clinic in Provo, Utah they are horrible Drs with a bad rep (they aren't even OBs just family practice!) & ya learn how to spell! SHEESH!

Jess said...

Oh & it's NOT at a hospital just a dinky little Drs office. The hospitals do allow doulas & the such, I think they prob got in trouble for doing something they shouldn't have by a doula! ;) I dont know that for sure...

Talina said...

Good news is that we are employing our Docs and can choose to not give them business because of their STUPID and on sided ways.

I had an OB that was all against natural birth so at 36 week I fired her and had a home birth.

Where we birth our children is always OUR choice.