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What is a Doula?

The word, "doula," comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing experience. The word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth." (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)


A doula...

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life...

  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour...

  • Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth...

  • Stays by the side of the labouring woman throughout the entire labour...

  • Provides emotional support, physical and comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, providing and assisting  woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions...

  • Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner and clinical care providers...

  • Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience.

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