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In Minas, community doulas help humanize care for pregnant

Volunteers welcome pregnant women and mothers to provide more physical and emotional comfort during labor

 
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Foto: Alexandra Marques/Agência Minas
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Maternity wards of the Hospital Foundation of the State of Minas Gerais (FHEMIG Network) seek shelter pregnant women with a more humanized. Ten volunteers who play the role of doulas in the Community Maternity Hospital Odete Valadares and Júlia Kubitschek, in Belo Horizonte, accompanying women at all stages of childbirth.

Adopted eight years ago by FHEMIG Network, Community doulas are women who perform volunteer service for pregnant women and mothers in the hospital environment. They work to provide better health and physical comfort, emotional, spiritual and social support for patients.

To welcome and accompany the patient, doulas help reduce the incidence of postpartum depression, use of analgesics and the incidence of cesarean sections and hence the rate of nosocomial infection, considering that normal deliveries offer less risk of contamination, in addition to helping breastfeeding.

The work of the doula is advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health, being practiced by a growing number of public health institutions that comprise the Unified Health System (SUS), especially after the Federal Law No. 11,108, April 2005, also known as the Labor Law, which guarantees the right of pregnant women to the presence of a companion during labor and postpartum.

<b> training of doulas </ b>

To become a doula community, just being a woman, 18 or older, be willing to take care of pregnant women and mothers, and willingness to work for 12 hours, once a week.

To act, doulas are trained in specific courses for their training. In Belo Horizonte, the disclosure of the course takes place through signs posted in Health Centres in all districts of the city. Classes are composed of 20 to 30 participants and are managed by Network Stork.

Because of the benefits, we want to add more doulas maternity emphasizes the advisor of FHEMIG Gisele Vieira.

According to the Secretariat, the activities of doulas do not get confused with the technical work of teams of professionals who provide obstetric care to pregnant women, given the highly specialized nature of this work.

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