What is a Doula?
"When a woman feels confident in her body, well supported, and able to express herself without inhibation, the pain that she may feel in labor and
birth can become easily bearable and just one part of the process."
-Sarah J. Buckley, MD
A Doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, mental and spiritual support for expectant mothers - and their birth partners - shortly before, during, and after birth. A good Doula will make herself useful in any situation, working hard to ensure the mother has the most satisfying birth possible.
Scientific research has proven that continuous birth support throughout labor and postpartum care has a positive effect on the well-being of both the mother and child. In general, mothers that have continuous birth and labor support are less likely to have caesarean sections, less likely to have intrapartum analgesia, and are more likely to have spontaneous vaginal birth.