The word ‘Doula’ (pronounced ‘doola’) is a Greek word meaning ‘woman servant or caregiver’.
A Doula is a trained, non-medical person who assists women emotionally and physically during her labour and birth.Thereby allowing the parents to make informed decisions regarding their pregnancy and birth.
A doula supports a woman and her partner during pregnancy, birth, and the early weeks of parenting, with reassurance, practical assistance, and information.
A Doula is also known as a "birth attendant".
A Doula "Mother's the Mother"
A Doula can help your partner to find ways to support you.
A Doula can help you with positioning, massage and alternative measures for comfort.
A Doula can help you to communicate with your medical caregivers .
A Doula is a great listener, she is supportive and and respectful.
A Doula is there for YOU and your baby.
If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.
John H. Kennell, MD
What does a Doula not do ?
A Doula is not a nurse or a midwife (generally). She is not trained to do examinations or clinical care. She is not trained to listen to your babies heartbeat .
A Doula is not there to make decisions for you. Nor does she speak for you.
Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Doula
You want to give birth normally, without the use of medication or unnecessary interventions.
You want someone who is experienced and trained to help manage your labour pain.
You've heard about the research on doulas and want the benefit of having one present.
You want someone knowledgeable present at all times to ask questions and explain your options.(The midwives and Doctors will be in and out the room.)
You want someone to act as an advocate for you and your partner's wishes.
You've experience a traumatic or negative birth with prior children.
You're a single mother or your partner is out of town (for example the millitary service)
You're trying for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean.)
You want someone present who can provide physical or emotional support, if the father cannot be present for religious reasons.
You want someone to help your partner participate more fully in the birth, to take pictures or video, and to deal with family and friends.