The word 'Doula' came from the Greek origin meaning 'women servant or caregiver'.

As a Doula I assist women and their partners through non-medical, unbiased, physical, emotional and informational support before, during and shortly after childbirth

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Before  Labor & Delivery

Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this time the doula and client develop a relationship in which the mother feels comfortable to ask questions, express her fears and concerns, and take a active role creating a birth plan.

Most Doula's make themselves available to the mother by phone for any questions, or concerns from the time they sign the contact to the time of delivery.

*Doula's do not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery.

During Labor and Delivery

The doula will remain in constant and close proximity to the mother during labor. they will provide comfort with pain-relief techniques including breathing & relaxation techniques, massage and laboring positions. A Doula will also encourage participation from the partner and offer reassurance.

A Doula acts as an advocate for a mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth. The goal of the doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether an un-medicated birth or a cesarean. 

After the Birth

Many Doula's are trained in labor support, and a few continue on with training for postpartum support.

As a labor support doula they would spend time with the mother and helps the mother begin the breastfeeding process if they desire. The doula will also help encourage bonding between the new baby and the parents.