”If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right.”
-Ina May Gaskin
Morgan Rodríguez is a labor doula in the front range of Colorado, USA. Pulling from her background as a yoga teacher, she provides her clients with numerous tools and techniques to navigate the transitions of birth. From acupressure, breathing exercises, and thai massage, Morgan offers a full spectrum of verbal and energetic support.
She believes in the reclamation of birth as a sacred space, and is a strong advocate for the women she works with.
Doula comes from the Greek word δούλα (feminine noun) meaning "she who serves." Specifically, a labor doula is a birth companion meant to provide the mother with continuous support during childbirth.
Birth encompasses many things at once, and a labor doula tends to its moving parts. From drafting a birth plan all the way to delivery, labor doulas provide emotional, physical, and energetic guidance through this profound transition.
Evidence shows that working with a doula can significantly lower to likelihood of an intervention. Overall, people who received continuous support were less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and Cesareans. In addition, their labors were shorter by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low APGAR scores at birth. There is a smaller amount of evidence that doula support in labor can lower postpartum depression in mothers. There is no evidence for negative consequences to continuous labor support.