1. a person who is trained to assist another person during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.
A birth doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the parent/s before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Doulas do NOT catch babies or offer clinical support.
You may be wondering if you could benefit from the support of a birth doula? Well, doulas are for EVERYONE! Studies show that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they nurse more easily. Doulas attend births in the hospital, at birthing centers, and in people's homes. The goal is for a pregnant person and their partner (if applicable) to have an informed birth. Doulas may also serve as your advocate. A popular misconception is that doulas are only for people wanting an unmedicated vaginal birth. Doulas work with clients that plan on getting an epidural but would like some tips and techniques for managing labor at home before heading to the hospital. Doulas can also assist clients through planned cesarean births. Doulas work in hospitals, birthing centers, and homebirth settings.
Every birth is different and having a knowledgeable advocate throughout the process is a huge asset.
Photo: Austin Birth Photos