I’m Pregnant – Do I Need a Doula?

By February 10, 2016Pregnancy

You’ve heard the term, but what is a doula Download the Camping Club? A Greek word meaning women’s servant, a doula is a professional trained in childbirth. Her role is to provide emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is going through labour, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, positive and empowering birthing experience.

What does a doula do?

Your relationship with your doula will start a few months before your baby is due – you will be able to express any concerns or fears, ask questions and have her there to help you create your own birth plan.

  1. While your doula doesn’t provide medical care, she’ll be well-informed regarding many medical aspects of labour, delivery and post-partum recovery. She can help you understand the procedures and possible complications in late pregnancy or delivery.
  2. Your doula acts as your advocate, there to encourage and help you fulfil your birth plan. Her goal is to help you experience a safe and positive birth.
  3. She should be available to you by phone or visit to respond to address any concerns or question that you have during your pregnancy.
  4. During delivery, your doula will be close by at all times. She’s there to provide comfort with pain-relief techniques, and that includes breathing techniques, massage, relaxation techniques and labour positions.
  5. After you have given birth, your doulas will spend time helping you to begin the breastfeeding process and helping family and new baby to bond.

If you’re expecting a baby, you don’t have to try and google information – a doula is a hands-on information-station and support right by your side!

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Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com