What is a Doula
What doulas do
In general Doulas:
Provide emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor and after childbirth.
Help pregnant women and their partners to become informed about various birth choices and plan for birth and parenthood.
Use comfort measures: breathing, relaxation, movement, positioning, visualization …
Helps to EMPOWER WOMEN to hear her inner voice and trust her body.
Offer information and encourage you to make your own INFORMED CHOICES.
CONTINUOUSLY reassures and comforts the mother (A doula never leaves the mother´s side)
Facilitate communication between the mother and care providers.
Look after your partner as well, but their primary responsibility is to the mother.
Aaron-H. Empowered Birth (April 1, 2011) Creative Commons Licence
Jason White. Tiny Doula (June 3, 2011) Creative Commons Licence
Doulas ARE NOT medical professionals.
Perform any medical task.
Give medical advice or diagnose conditions.
Judge you for decisions that you make.
Let their personal values or biases get in the way of caring for you (Doulas DO NOT take decisions for you)
Solve familiar/couple conflicts
Take over the role of your partner.
Deliver the baby.
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