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. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
How I can help ....
- Offer comfort measures to the mother to enhance relaxation
- Help with physical positioning of the mother for relief and comfort
- Enhancement of partner and mother bonding during the birthing time
- Enhancement of mother, partner, and baby bonding postpartum
- Informational support for optimal decision-making
- Support for the mental and emotional process of birth
- Knowledge of baby positioning and labor progress
- Basic understanding of many hospital protocols and procedures
- Offer 24 hour support prenatally and postpartum
- Team support for partner and other supportive family or friends
- Support for the duration of the mother’s birthing time