The question is asked so often: "what in the world is a doula?"
I give you a brief but in-depth look into what a doula does and how they can best support you.
A doula's role is to accompany women in labor to assist them in having a safe and satisfying birth experience. I believe birth is a fundamental experience women will remember for the rest of their lives. The doula's role is to protect those precious memories. Doulas are trained labor support companions who provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women before, during, and after birth. The word doula is derived from a Greek word meaning “woman servant.” It is my job to provide reassurance and perspective to the mother and her partner. The doula's role is to make suggestions for labor progress, help with relaxation, massage, positioning, and other techniques for comfort.
What you won't find doulas doing:
Making decisions for you. This is your birth and your baby. They will help you get the information you need to make an informed decision.
Speaking to the staff on your behalf. They can talk through your concerns and can suggest options for you. They will encourage you to voice your opinions, questions, and concerns to the staff.
Performing clinical tasks. The doula is there to provide physical and emotional support. They will help facilitate communication between you and the clinical care providers.