What is a doula?
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
A Birth Doula
Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
A doula stays with the woman throughout the labor
and Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and assisiting the mother and birth partner to get the information they need to make informed decisions A doula encourages communication between the labouring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers A doula perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience and
Allows the woman’s birth partner to participate at his/her comfort level and teaching him/her what they can do for the laboring mother.