What is a Doula?


The Greek word doula means woman caregiver.

A birth doula….

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour.
  • Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
  • Stays by the side of the labouring woman throughout the entire labour.
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions.
  • Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers.
  • Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.

A Doula’s Services can help to provide a better birth experience.


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