What is a Doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
Doulas are endorsed by the society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and are welcomed in all hospitals along with your partner. We work together with our client’s birth partner and clinical care team (including physicians, midwives, and nurses). We do not perform clinical tasks, but instead provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labour progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. We also encourage communication with your caregivers to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labour. Through consultation we become very familiar with your wishes and preferences for birth and will do everything we can to ensure that you have a positive and memorable birth experience.
A Birth 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 labour
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stays with a woman throughout her labour
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint
Helps a woman get the information she needs from her medical caregivers to make informed decisions
Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of her birth experience
Encourages the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Will benefit a mother no matter where she chooses to give birth
“We can trust we have the inner knowledge of the birth process; trust that our babies know the journey; trust we will draw to us those we need for support; trust in the power and flow of birthing energy.”
~Rhea Dempsey ~