ABOUT BIRTH DOULAS
What is a Doula?
The word "doula" (pronounced DOO-LA) 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. A doula is not a midwive. A midwife has medical training and the focus is on the health of the mother and the delivery of a healthy baby. A doula works with the healthcare provider and her focus is on providing continuous emotional and physical support. Doulas do not perform any medical testing or procedures. But, a doula can help by being a source of education about medical procedures and testing and help you advocate for your birth plan.
Why is a DONA trained Doula important?
A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA). Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
"I have a Midwife/Doctor and won't there be labor nurses to help me when I'm in labor? Why do I need a Doula?"
Healthcare providers are often there for brief periods during labor and for delivery (unless you are having a home birth). The labor nurse does not usually stay with you throughout your labor. A doula provides continuous labor support. A doula stays with you to support you and your partner/family.
What are the benefits of hiring a Certified Doula?