What is a Doula?
- Doula : pronounced : "doo-la"
- A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and after childbirth. Doulas can assist laboring women with comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, massage, movement, and positioning.
- Doulas do not offer medical advice but may facilitate positive communication between the healthcare provider and client.
- Doulas can help both partners and providers to address and consider the woman's emotional needs, questions, and fears. Doulas respect patient self-determination and act in an impartial and supportive manner. They follow a code of ethics and respect patient confidentiality.