Doula is a Greek word, which dates back to biblical usage. According to
the New Testament usage, it meant someone who was willing to provide service to
someone in need, so that the person in need would learn about Jesus’ sacrifical
Since its usage in scripture, doula has come to mean something a little
different. Today, a doula is a woman who comes alongside a
mother while she is pregnant and during the actual childbirth process, to
provide love, encouragement, information and support.
*Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications,
babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
- *Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
- *Stays with the woman throughout the labor
- *Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman
- get the information she needs to make informed decision
- *Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- *Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
- *Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
HOW do I choose a doula?