What is a doula and how can she help me during labor?
A doula is a woman experience in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and their partner before, during and just after childbirth. Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth. A doula may offer help and advice on issues related to comfort, movement, positioning and relaxation. She may help gather information about the course of labor and their options. A doula provides continuous emotional reassurance and comfort.
Doulas do not perform clinical tasks. They don’t give medical advice or diagnose medical conditions. They don’t make decisions for clients and they don’t project their own values or opinions onto the laboring woman. Doulas understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor. They assist in preparing and carrying out a birth plan. A doula will stay with the laboring woman through the entire labor. A doula can assist in facilitating communication between the woman and her clinical caregivers.
The doula is emerging as a positive contribution to the care of women in labor. By attending to the women’s emotional needs, some obstetric outcomes are improved. Just as importantly, early mother-infant relationships and breastfeeding are enhanced. Women’s
When considering a doula, there are specific questions you should ask. Here are a few:
- What training have you had? (If a doula is certified, you might consider checking with the organization.)
Unfortunately, we will be unable to answer medical related questions.
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