a trained professional who gives continuous emotional, physical and informational support during childbirth and the fourth trimester to help the birthing persons achieve a satisfying experience
We are guides. We are space holders. We are educators. We are advocates. We are doulas.
The word "doula" is derivative of an ancient Greek word meaning "woman who serves". In birth, a doula is a non-clinical labor support person whose primary focus is YOU. Doulas answer questions and listen to the fears and desires of both birthing person and partner to provide the tools needed to prepare for their experience. With knowledge of the birth process, doulas can also act as your advocate by reminding you that you have choices, making you aware of them and empowering you to communicate with your care provider when needed.
Following birth, a postpartum doula can make a significant impact on your transition to parenthood. A doula will offer guidances and encouraging reassurance in the early days of the fourth trimester while you are learning about and getting to know your new babe. Everything from general newborn care to light meal preparation or the opportunity for you to take a shower or a quick nap; doulas are there to support you and your new family!