The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves," and is now used to refer to trained and experienced professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth.
Studies show that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.
Recognizes birth as an experience the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her birth plans
Stays with the woman throughout the labor
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint, while helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers
Perceives her role as nurturing and strives to protect the woman's memory of the birth experience
Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Certified by DONA International
Research shows that postpartum doula services can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction, and reduce the risk of mood disorders.