What is a Doula?

A doula is a professional who provides emotional, physical, informational, and practical support for the expectant, laboring, or post-partum mother.  She does not perform any medical tasks but complements the birth team.

A labor doula helps a mother cope with labor pains and helps her have a more pleasant birth experience, whether the mother wants to give birth naturally, with medication, or is planning a c-section.  She helps the mother relax and feel confident, provides massage, and assist with laboring and pushing positions. The doula also helps the father participate in the birth to the extent he feels comfortable.

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