What is a Doula?
The word "doula" is a greek word meaning "a woman who serves". Today it refers to someone who offers emotional, physical and informational support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. A doula believes in 'mothering the mother' (non-clinical/medical). It is becoming increasingly common for women to use a doula in addition to receiving pregnancy care from a midwife. Doulas provide flexible and continuous support before, during and often after the child is born. They may help with other children, encourage a partner with support while the child is being born, nurture and support the mother, and give support to help establish breastfeeding.