The role of the doula is to provide a mother with physical and emotional assistance before, during, or after childbirth.
A doula isn’t a doctor, or even a midwife. She is a woman who attends to the needs of the mother, as well as the baby and father, through childbirth and beyond. A doula works in numerous capacities, from birth guide to lactation specialist.
The concept of a ‘doula’ isn’t new. In the past this role may have fallen to a mother, favorite aunt or grandmother who sensitively guided the couple through the often overwhelming transition into parenthood. Today, birth and postpartum doulas operate in this same capacity, with a dedication to compassionate care and practical assistance, but have the addition of up-to-date professional instruction.