Friday, January 21, 2011

A Little About Doulas....

“Wait, are you a midwife?”

“So what do you actually do?”

“Why would someone need you if they have their baby in the hospital?”

"What about the doctors and nurses?"

A doula is responsible solely for the emotional and physical support of the mother and her partner during labor, so that the medical professionals can attend to their responsibilities of ensuring the health of her and her baby*. Doulas make suggestions for physical comfort during labor, provide informed emotional support and physical relief of partner during labor, as well as constant companionship during labor. Because the doula’s primary responsibility is to her clients*, she can attend exclusively to the mother’s preferences and wishes in a given situation. Having prior knowledge of a woman’s preferences can directly complement the clinical responsibilities of medical care providers, to create the best possible experience for the mother and her baby.

"The doula's goal is to help the woman have a safe and satisfying childbirth as the woman defines it."*


* Many more details can be found at the DONA International website,
in their paper, "The Birth Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Care"

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