What is a Doula?

A doula (pronounced “doó la”) also known as a labor coach and originating from the Ancient Greek word meaning female servant or slave; is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her partner and/or family by providing information, physical assistance, and emotional support. The provision of continuous support during labor by doulas, or nurses, family, or friends, is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits.

In contrast to the goal of medical professionals (a safe childbirth), the goal of a doula is to ensure the mother feels safe and confident before, during, and after delivery.

From Wikipedia

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