What's A Doula?
Doula is a Greek word that means "servant". Today birth doulas are child birth professionals that have extensive training and experience with the normal process of childbirth. They offer emotional, educational and physical support before, during, and after the birth experience. A doula supports the husband/partner in his special role, never taking his place but working with him. A doula can offer advice on breathing and comfort techniques, physical positions that help labor and coping strategies. She is also well trained in the many choices involved in labor and delivery. A doula provides no clinical services (blood pressure checks, cervical checks, fetal heart rates, etc.) but is rather there to complement the birth process with your health care provider by following your unique vision for a beautiful, peaceful birth.