What is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient greek, meaning “a woman who serves”. A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous, compassionate physical, emotional, and knowledgeable support to a mother before, during and after labor. When a doula is present, women have reported to have a higher satisfaction with their birth experience, they make more positive assessments for their baby, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention, and less postpartum depression. Studies have shown that women who have doulas attend their birth have shorter hospital stays with fewer amissions to the NICU, and breastfeed easily.
A doula does not replace your partner, but rather guides and supports them in helping you through your birth experience. A doula does not make any clincal tasks and does not make decisions for you, but rather provides knowledge so you can make informed decisions. A doula does not speak to the staff on your behalf, but provides you with a comfortable setting to allow respectful communication between all staff and family members. Please Contact Me for more insights!
- Recognizes birth as a key experience in a woman’s life, one that she will remember all her life.
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
- Assists a woman in planning and carrying out her wishes for birth.
- Remains with the woman throughout her entire labor.
- Allows the woman’s partner to participate as much as comfortable with.
“Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of our greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well”– Mother Teresa