What is a Birth Doula?

 

 

In Greek, the word "Doula" means "a woman who serves".  In current times the term has been coined to refer to a person who provides physical, emotional and psychological support before, during and after birth.
 
A birth doula provides support to a mother and her partner through education, knowledge and advocacy.  A doula's role is to help parents access resources so that they can have informed consent during pregnancy and birth.  A doula has no agenda beyond supporting mothers and families to reach their birthing goals.
 
A doula works with parents to develop a birth plan, provides continuous physical, emotional, and psychological support during labor,  helps mom and baby establish breast feeding, and provides basic postpartum support.
 
Research shows that Doula support during labor decreases the rate of interventions during birth and increases the mother's and family's overall satisfaction with the birth experience.