Doula, Midwifery & Birthing Information
Physical Support: During delivery, doulas are in constant and close proximity to the mother. They have the ability to provide comfort with pain-relief techniques including breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and laboring positions. Doulas also encourage participation from the partner and offer reassurance.
Emotional support: A doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth. The goal of a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether an unmedicated birth or a cesarean.
Relationship support: Whether it’s a romantic partner, a friend or another family member like the baby’s grandma, the birth partner’s experience matters in birth. Doulas are there to support every birth partner in being as involved as they’d like with the birth. Physical and emotional support make a huge difference for everyone involved.
Informational Support: Doulas are trained to give their clients evidence-based information. This means that your doula will keep you and your partner informed about what is happening during labor. Your doula can inform you of the pros and cons of different scenarios that might pop up during your labor, some of these scenarios may include medical interventions. Your doula can help you and your partner advocate for what you want at your birth but will never force their opinions, or speak for you during your labor.