What is a Doula?
Doula comes from the Greek word for 'woman's caregiver" or "handmaiden" and now refers to a woman trained and experienced in childbirth, who provides physical, emotional, and information support to women and their partners during labor and birth. Doula also refers to women who are trained and experienced in providing postpartum care (mother and newborn care, breastfeeding support and advice, cooking, child care, errands, and light cleaning) for the new family. To distinguish between the two types of doulas, one may refer to birth doulas and postpartum doulas.
Why would you need one?
When it comes time for labor and birth, many new parents find themselves in unfamiliar territory; many experienced parents recognize the need for additional support.
Throughout history, childbearing women have been surrounded and cared by other trusted women.
Furthermore, many new parents can feel isolated or overwhelmed at times and are frequently unsure as to what is normal for newborn behavior, maternal recovery and when to ask for help. The postpartum doula provides support, advice, and assistance to facilitate a smooth and rewarding transition for the whole family.
Research shows that when women receive the continuous emotional support and physical comfort of a doula throughout childbirth, their obstetric outcomes many improve.
How to find the right doula for you?
Probably the most important aspect to consider when choosing a doula is a good personality fit. Many of the benefits of professional labor support come from the communication, comfort, and trust you have with your doula. This will be of your primary importance.
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