The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and has evolved to mean a trained perinatal professional who provides emotional, physical and informational support to the mother and her family during her pregnancy, labour, birth and immediately following birth.
A Labour Doula can assist you in the following ways:
- Be available by phone, text and email support in the lead up to labour
- Meet with you and discuss any questions you may have about birth and the postpartum period as well as discuss your wishes for birth
- Attend your labour and birth and provide hands on comfort techniques (e.g. Massage, counter pressure, assist you with position changes to help progress labour), breathing techniques and emotional support and encouragement
- Provide you with evidence based information so that you can make informed choices
- Facilitate communication between you and your care providers
- Assist you with the establishment of breastfeeding
A Labour Doula does NOT give medical advice, perform medical procedures, attend intentionally unassisted births, or make decisions for you.