What is a Doula?

A Doula is "a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible." - DONA International

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In other words,

A Doula does not replace the spouse or other support person a woman brings into her birth room. A Doula is not a medical professional, and does not provide any medical advice or medical care. A Doula is there to enhance the experience by providing physical, emotional and informational support to both the labouring woman and her partner. Statistics have proven that when a Doula is hired, there are significantly improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby.