What Services Do Doulas Provide?

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Doula, a Greek word for "women's servant," is a childbirth and/or labor support professional trained to provide emotional, physical and informational support to expecting mothers in an effort to ensure a safe and memorable birthing experience. They do not provide any medical care.

Doulas begin working with clients several months before the baby is born. During this time, the doula is available to answer the mom-to-be's questions and help her create a birth plan.

During delivery, doulas stay with the mom-to-be, facilitating breathing and relaxation pain relief techniques, providing massage services and suggesting laboring positions. Doulas also encourage participation from and offer reassurance to the mom-to-be's partner and serve as her advocate, helping her fulfill specific desires for the birth.

After the birth, labor doulas help clients begin the breastfeeding process and encourage bonding between the new baby and other family members.

Sources: americanpregnancy.org and dona.org

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