“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.” (DONA International Website, 5/5/16)
As your doula, I…
- understand and am comfortable with birth and a woman’s emotional needs
- assist in birth preparation for mom and her partner
- offer birth support by helping families make informed choices
- stay by mom’s side for support throughout labor
- offer physical comfort measures, emotional support, objectivity, and assistance decoding medical terminology
- offer unconditional birth support. Whether mom chooses a natural childbirth, a medicated delivery, a birth at home, or a hospital birth, I support and assist families to make their birth the best possible
- facilitate communication between mom, her partner, and clinical care providers.
- mother the mother.