‘Doula’ is an ancient Greek term that literally translates as ‘a woman who serves.’ A more modern translation of the word is ‘a woman who assists during labor and after childbirth.’ I didn’t fully understand what a doula is and isn’t until I took my doula training class back in June.
- Is a birth professional trained and experienced in childbirth.
- Provides women with phsyical, emotional, and informational support before, during, and after childbirth.
- Assists women in preparing and carrying out their birth plan.
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and her clinical care providers.
A Doula Is Not
- A Medical professional. We don’t perform clinical tasks and we do not help deliver baby.
- There to speak for you. Our job is to empower you so you speak up for yourself
- Taking the place of your partner. We support both mother and partner and encourage partner to be as involved as he/she feels comfortable.
(All info was taken from http://www.dona.org)