A doula is a professionally trained woman who is knowledgeable about pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care.
A doula works in cooperation with the mother’s “team” including the doctors, nurses, midwives, partner and family. She does not replace anyone else on the birth team.
She is educated about the emotional and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy and labor and can inform you when making decisions about your birth.
A doula believes that childbirth is a normal, healthy process for a woman’s body and seeks to preserve that process during labor.
She is an advocate for you and your birth preferences. Anyone can use a doula, whether you want a natural birth, medical interventions or a Cesarean.