Why have a Doula?
A doula is someone who is trained in providing physical, emotional, and mental support to clients. They do not perform medical procedures, clinical tasks, or give diagnoses. However, doulas are knowledgeable in how to provide comfort and encouragement in many different ways. Doulas can help clients by advocating for them, creating a safe space for them, empowering them, and helping them create the experience they want before, during, and/or after birth. Different types of doulas are trained in different areas. The most common types are labor/birth doulas, postpartum doulas, and antepartum doulas. Some doulas are also cross trained in more than one area. For example, a birth doula can also be a postpartum doula. Other areas where doula services are utilized are hospice/end of life care, bereavement, and family life.
A labor/birth doula is the most common type of doula. These doulas can help the client maneuver through the different parts of labor and birth by: A client may choose to meet with the doula several times before the actual labor and birth, in order to form a trusting relationship before delivery. During this time, the doula can also help parents determine what type of labor/birth they desire, and what to expect