Doula Services

What is a Doula?

Traditionally doula was a Greek word meaning caregiver, or servant who provides care for women. A doula in today’s society is someone who offers continuous emotional, informational, and physical support during pregnancy, during and after labor, she is essentially a mother’s hand maiden. I see a doula as a mother or sister holding a laboring woman’s hand, wiping her face, massaging her body and physically supporting her. Doulas also assist new parents to advocate for themselves, communicate better with the medical professionals, and help the partners to become more involved during and after birth. However her main focus is on assisting with easing labor pains, bringing relaxation and comfort to the woman. Doulas are trained professionals who provide non medical care to pregnant/postpartum women. There are four different kinds of doulas, Antepartum Doulas, Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas and Abortion Doulas.

Antepartum Doula

Antepartum Doula works with mothers who are having high-risk pregnancies or are on bed rest. They give non-medical support. They run errands, offer emotional and physical support, bed rest assistance, sibling care meal preparation, home care and education about the birthing process.

Birth Doula

A Birth Doula is a trained professional in childbirth. She offers continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother during the last few months before, during, and after birth A Birth Doula educates women and their partners on what to expect during the birth process. She shows them how to use comfort measures and labor progression tools to alleviate fear and stress. Birth Doulas can assist with breast feeding, and offer encouragement and reassurance to the husband/partner as well. They play an important role in helping the father/partner become more involved in the birth, postpartum, and helping the family to adjust.

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Doulas provides non medical in home care, guiding the postpartum family through transitions that families face in the early postpartum period. They assist with light household chores, give hands on education to the family, and assist the mom with breast feeding .and emotional support. Postpartum Doulas are not nannies or baby nurses although they do assist with infant care for a short time. They educate the parents in infant care such as bathing, cord care, diapering, and swaddling so that the parents can care for their new born .

Abortion Doula

Abortion Doulas are like Birth doulas, except that she provides support to women getting abortions who’ve chosen not to take their pregnancies to term, offering counseling, back rubs support and reassurance.