DOULA:  A woman who is trained

to provide physical & emotional 

support to a woman before,

during and after childbirth. 

POSTPARTUM DOULA

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.        


A PostPartum Doula:

> Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum


> Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying


> Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary


BIRTH/LABOR DOULA

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.    
A Birthing Doula:
​>  Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life

>   Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor

>  Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth

>  Stays with the woman throughout the labor

​>  Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions

​>  Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers

>  Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience

​>  Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level


Examples of Doula Support During Vaginal & Cesarean Births (PDF)