What is a doula?

What A Doula Does:

what is a doula? photo 1A doula is an ancient greek word that means “woman servant” and that is precisely what a doula does. A doula’s primary responsibility is to help the mother have the birth experience she desires. That can mean anything from a natural home birth to a planned C-section. Doulas are trained to provide emotional, physical, and informational support in childbirth. A doula is involved before, during, and after delivery. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience. Doulas cannot provide any type of medical care, but they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery. Consequently, they can help their clients gain a better understanding of the procedures and possible complications of late pregnancy or delivery. A doula can also help new mommas with basic breastfeeding help and knowledge immediately after delivery.

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