Doula : pronounced : "doo-la"
A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and after childbirth. Doulas can assist laboring women with comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, massage, movement, and positioning.
Doulas do not offer medical advice but may facilitate positive communication between the healthcare provider and client.
Doulas can help both partners and providers to address and consider the woman's emotional needs, questions, and fears. Doulas respect patient self-determination and act in an impartial and supportive manner. They follow a code of ethics and respect patient confidentiality.