The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and now refers to a non-medical, trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
A doula’s primary focus is the emotional well-being of the mother and baby. A doula does not replace midwives or doctors in the birthing process, and they do not replace the partner. The Doula is trained in methods of pain management and birth procedures to assist parents in their comfort, and understanding of, the birth process.
Research shows a doula’s constant support and care at birth can result in labors that are shorter with fewer complications, healthier babies, babies who breastfeed more easily, reduced negative feelings about one’s birth experience, and an increase in a woman’s self confidence and security about her ability to birth and mother her new child.
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