The definition of doula comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves.” Today a doula is defined as an experienced and trained professional who provides support to a mother before, during, and/or after birth.
A Birth Doula
A doula that is titled a Birth Doula is there throughout the process of giving birth and lends a helping hand in preparation for the baby’s arrival. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. Well then, what does a doula actually do?…
-Acknowledges that birth and birthing is an experience that the mother will always remember
-Understand the psychology of birth
-Recognizes the emotional needs of a mother in labor
-Assists the mothers in creating a birth plan
-Helps carry out the birth plan
-Stays by the woman’s side though labor
-Expert in communication between the mother, her partner, and the mom-to-be’s care providers.
-Allows the woman’s partner to participate at their own comfort level.
A Postpartum Doula
Researchers have also shown that having a postpartum doula can ease the transition to motherhood. Postpartum doula’s also improve parental adjustment and can help eliminate or reduce mood disorders.
-Assist with family adjustment, newborn care, some light household work, and even meal preparation.
-Companionship and strong support during the last final days of pregnancy.
-Educates on infant feeding, physical recovery, emotional recovery, infant soothing, and helpful skills for the new parents.
Doula’s are said to be one of the greatest investments when you are expecting. They will calm nerves, answer questions, and make you feel well-adjusted. Doula’s are a great idea when just having a child but some decide to keep theirs throughout their child’s first few years. Not to be compared with a nanny. Doula’s allow the parents to care for their children but they are there for guidance throughout the growing process.