Just like any other major life change, birth requires careful consideration of options, research, and someone caring and knowledgeable to guide you through the process. Would you choose a college without touring it first? Buy a house without a realtor or mortgage broker? Of course not! Then why would you go into the birth of your child, possibly the most life-changing experience you will ever go through, without guidance and preparation?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula?
A doula is a professional labor and birth companion--a sort of birth "guide". Unlike any other care provider, your doula is with you physically throughout the duration of your labor and birth providing education, information, comfort, logistical support, and techniques to make your labor easier, and more enjoyable.
What does a doula do?
A doula provides:
What does a doula not do?
A doula does not:
Why should you hire a doula?
By hiring a doula, research shows you may:
What is the difference between a doula and a family member or friend?
Doulas are professionally educated on the risks, benefits, and implementation of birthing routines and interventions as well as helpful techniques for birth positioning, and comfort measures. In addition, doulas, while emotionally engaged and invested, are not related or connected as strongly as a friend or family member. This provides a certain measure of neutrality when it comes to communication as well as a strength even when seeing you uncomfortable or vulnerable. A friend or family member may also not be familiar with the emotional intensity, or the sensory experience that come with the birthing process. This may hinder them from being able to provide their undivided attention.