A doula is a professional labor support person who assists the expectant mother and her partner to prepare for birth. She offers education as well as physical comfort and emotional support during labor and birth. A doula helps a mother and her partner know what to expect and to be aware of the many choices and options available to them.
She builds a relationship of trust then acts as a continuous support person who can guide the parents throughout the birth process and beyond. A doula helps a woman to achieve a positive, even empowering, birth experience. She offers support and guidance to the woman’s partner as well—allowing them to be as involved as they are comfortable being.
She can be a positive presence in a hospital setting and assist the mother to have the advocacy she may desire.