Friday, November 25, 2011

Follow Up Friday: What is a Doula?

On Monday I discuss Midwives and what they do, but women can also benefit from the help of a doula.

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:

  • She recognizes that birth is an experience the mother will remember her whole life, and as such works to ensure the mother wishes are met

  • She understands BOTH the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor 

  • She assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth 

  • She stays with the woman throughout the entire labor 

  • She provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint

  • She helps the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision 

  • She facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers 

  • She allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level

  • (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.

    You can start your search for a Doula here


    April said...

    Hi! Stopping by from VB. I used a midwife, but not a doula. Thanks for the info - very interesting.

    I'm a new follower, come follow me back. :-)


    Kelly said...

    Hi, I am a new follower from Sunday Funday Hop,
    Hope you can drop in, say hi and follow back, thanks:)

    Kristina said...

    I LOVE the idea of having a doula! I'd never heard much about them until I did a pre-natal yoga course during my second pregnancy. I've even considered studying a little to become one - there are several online courses... maybe one day:)
    Thanks for sharing,

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