What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from ancient Greece, 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.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula Provides:
- Continuous uninterrupted presence through labor and delivery
- Knowledge/understanding of emotions and physiology of labor
- Has experience with other laboring women
- Is able to remain calm and objective
- Has a perspective on problems/options
- Is an advocate for mother's/partner's wishes/goals
- Has extensive knowledge of comfort measures
- Provides "hands-on" support and encouragement