What is a doula?

What is a doula (doola)?

The word doula is ancient Greek and means “a woman who serves”. It refers to a trained and experienced nonmedical professional that provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother as well as her partner before, during and after childbirth.

A doula does not make any decisions for the mother. A doula supports the mother by providing information and explanations she may want about her choices, but it’s always the mother who decides what’s best for her. A doula is not acting as a nurse or midwife, so she does not provide clinical care such as doing examinations or checking baby’s heartbeat. The support a doula provides fits together with, but does not replace, the care of the doctor, midwife, or nurse.

The research has shown that having a doula at your birth can make a real difference to the outcome. The risk of an emergency cesarean is reduced, as well as the chances of other interventions happening like episiotomy and assisted delivery. How a mother interacts with her baby, her satisfaction with her birth and her relationship with her partner are all rated significantly higher with women who have had a doula compared to those who have not!

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