A doulas role is to help the mother and father have a safe and positive birth experience. Throughout the duration of labor and birth, the doula provides continuous care. She is trained to give help and advice with physical comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement, and positions. Most importantly, the doula is trained to understand the emotional needs of a woman giving birth. She is there to provide ongoing reassurance, encouragement, and support.
The doula will join a mother when she's in labor as soon as she feels the need for additional support, she can either labor with her at home or in the hospital. The doula provides a familiar continuous presence for the duration of labor offering emotional, physical, and informational support.
A doula can be a welcome and familiar face amongst many unfamiliar hospital staff. She is familiar with your expectations, hopes and concerns for birth (your birth plan).
A Doula: a woman trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman during labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period.
"A positive birth experience is having your mind and body working together".
"Birth is meant to be a positive and memorable experience, make that happen by getting a doula whom you feel comfortable with".