What is a Doula?

A Doula Do What?

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves” and is used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother and her family before, during, and after birth.

Many doulas, like myself, provide support in a number of different ways. This includes emotional, educational and practical support during the birth and post birth period.

What is a Doula?

A Non-Medical ProviderDoulas can be trained to assist new families with childbirth, post-childbirth, or both!Hands-on emotional and educational support for the entire familyHelps around the house with common tasks to allow mom and dad to focus on their newbornCertified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS)

What is a Doula Not?

Not a Medical ProfessionalNot a Professional Cleaning ServiceNot a Professional CookNot a Professional NannyNever JudgmentalNot You – you are too unique and special to your family and could never be replaced!
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Today’s Doula

A doula is a non-medical caregiver providing physical and emotional support to mothers and families during pregnancy, childbirth, and post-childbirth. A doula can be certified or in training, and is highly educated in childbirth and post-childbirth to assist mothers (and family) through the sometimes overwhelming process. Many doula’s, like myself, are DONA trained to provide nonjudgmental support on many levels. This includes physical, emotional, educational, and resource support for you and your family.

A doula does not replace your need for a medical doctor or midwife. Instead, a doula is meant to compliment your existing support system, giving you experienced assistance and nurturing support where other professionals sometimes fall short.

The relationship between doula and client can begin before birth or postpartum. In preparation for childbirth, a doula works closely to help you understand your birth options as well as manage any expectations. This includes providing you with the experience, knowledge, and resources you need to help make sound decisions about your birth and postpartum plan.

Doulas are not medical professionals and do not provide medical care. However, a great DONA doula is highly trained in many aspects of medical care as it relates to labor, delivery, and post-delivery. This knowledge means your doula can translate what your doctor is telling you, helping you understand the overall process with much more clarity. Beyond childbirth, many doulas (such as myself) are certified in proper breastfeeding techniques for newborns. This includes keeping up with the latest and greatest recommendations, as well as bottle-feeding when required.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

big brother holding newborn

Postpartum doulas offer their service and support after your baby is born. Hands-on emotional and educational assistance is provided in degrees unique to every unique situation. Some families need support beyond just the mother. A great doula (like myself) is able to work with the entire family, helping everyone adjust to postpartum life as seamlessly as possible. A trusted doula provides families a dependable and quality source of nonjudgmental information and assistance. For many families, this extra help goes a long way.

Postpartum doulas can also assist with logistics like scheduling and planning, including day-to-day time management. These first few weeks post childbirth are crucial, and sometimes overwhelming. Your doula is there to make sure your needs are met. No embarrassment. No humiliation. No Judgment. Just a calm, caring, understanding, judgment-free desire to help.

What is a Birth Doula?

What is a Birth Doula?

happy newborn baby

Birth Doulas help prepare women and their partners for childbirth through hands-on education and emotional/physical support during the process of late pregnancy, labor, and delivery. The are also a great source of comfort and compassion during what can be an emotional delivery, providing relaxation and breathing techniques as well as appropriate position changes and soothing massages when they are needed.

The positive support and encouragement of a great doula helps ensure your birth experience is as successful as it is empowering.