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The word “doula” comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in the ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer a “woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and information support to the mother before, during & after childbirth”. (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)

A labor support professional or a birth coach, otherwise known as a doula, is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth. She understands the normal process of birth, helps the parents to understand this process & works with them during labor and birth to create the most positive experience possible.

What I DO:

  • I provide non-medical support and continuity of care for birthing women and their partners and eases the transition from home to hospital or birth center.
  • I facilitate, offers words of encouragement, support, guide, affirms and in some cases, advocates before, during and after birth.

Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this time they develop a relationship where the mother feels free to ask questions, discuss her fears, and create a birth plan. Doulas make themselves available to the mother by phone and email in order to respond to any questions or explain any developments that might arise during the pregnancy. Doulas do not provide any type of medical care, however, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery. With this knowledge they can help their clients gain a better understanding of the procedures and possible complications of pregnancy or delivery.

What I DON’T DO:

  • I do not do physical exams or assess fetal or maternal well being.
  • I do not take the place of the partner

Pregnancy and birth offer women an incredible opportunity to experience a renewed sense of the strength and power of their bodies. For a woman who is comfortable trusting the birth process, her wisdom and her spirit are enabled to transform her life in powerful ways.

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