Thursday, July 17, 2008

What is a Doula?

Since the beginning of time, women have assisted each other during the arduous process of labour and birth. Labour support is the time-honoured tradition of loving and nurturing assistance for the labouring woman by a woman that is experienced in birth.

Doulas are a part of the birth team and do not replace or diminish the role of the woman's Birth Partner.

Doulas work in hospitals, birthing centers, and at home births. Your doctor or midwife will be responsible for the medical aspects of your birth. The Doula is the mother's advocate and is focused on the mother's expected birth experience. A Doula will support your desires regardless of whether or not you are planning for an epidural, unmedicated or a Cesarean birth.

A Doula will remain by your side through your entire labour, providing continuous support that is rarely achieved otherwise. Some of the services provided during labour are motivational support, massages, various comfort measures and suggestions for labouring positions plus many more.

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