Why hire a doula?

What's a Doula?

The word doula comes from Greek meaning 'a woman who serves' and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to the parent(s) before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.


A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as an emotional experience to be cherished for life. She understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour. 
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, while providing information needed to make informed decisions.
  • Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner and her support system.
  • Helps the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level.
  • If there is no partner (significant other, family member or friend), the doula assumes that role.

    

Postpartum Doula

  • Offers education, companionship and support during the postpartum - fourth trimester.
  • Professionally trained in postpartum adjustment, newborn care and development, breastfeeding, and promotion of infant-parent bonding.
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying.
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.

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