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.

What do doulas do?

A doula:

  • Provides emotional support

  • Offers various comfort measures such as movement, positioning, breathing and relaxation.

  • Helps to provide information and resources about various birth choices

  • Continuously reassures and comforts the mother 

  • Supports the birth choices the mother has made

  • Advocates for the mother and helps encourage good communication between the mother and her care provider

  • Also helps look after the mother's partner during labor

A doula does not:

  • Perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring

  • 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

  • Take over the role of your husband or partner

  • Deliver the baby