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Heart and Soul Doula

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 hands-on educational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth.


Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Doula's Role

A Doula plays a vital role in your birthing process for a multitude of reasons including:

  • Recognizing birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
  • Understanding the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
  • Assisting the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
  • Staying by the side of the laboring woman, her partner, and care providers.
  • Providing emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective point of view, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions.
  • Facilitating communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and care providers.
  • Percieving their role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience.
  • Allowing the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level.

What Not to Expect From a Doula

  • Perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate or doing vaginal exams.
  • Offer medical information or advice concerning the medical technicalities of the birth
  • Make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care.
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