What is a doula?

We are finding ourselves being asked more and more the beautiful question…”what is a doula?”…so we thought it appropriate to offer a bit of insight and guidance taken directly from the DONA (Doula’s of North America) website to define this funny sounding word:

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves”
and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides
continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before,
during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support
during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with
fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key 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 plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective
    viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make
    informed decision
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her
    clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the
    birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

Of course for some extra cuteness we had to throw in an adorable picture of a “Nourish” baby– Sam!  He loves doula’s!

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