Doula is a Greek word meaning "the woman who serves". The role of the Birth Doula is to support for the mother during labor, while the Postpartum Doula supports the mother after delivery. She is not a medical professional, but may have received some formal training. Some of the techniques used by doulas are aromatherapy, visualization, massage therapy, positive positioning, and many others.
It is important to note that a Doula should NOT replace the father, but should also support and encourage his invovement.
There are many benefits to using a Birth Doula:
(Source: DONA International)
A Doula can be a great help to mothers AND fathers and they can help you have a birth experience that you will want to remember.
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