What is a doula? Why do I need one?

What is a Doula?

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning ” a woman who serves” , it 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. A doula is there to support you, in any way you need. A doula is there for (but not limited to) medicated birth, non medicated birth, homebirth, or C-section.

A Birth Doula:

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life, and strives to make it the best experience for her.
  • Understands the physiology of birth, and the emotional or physical needs of a woman in labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and provides information and resources to make informed decisions.
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical providers
  • Encourages the woman’s partner to participate at their own comfort level.
  • Provides photography if requested