Types of Doulas

There are currently two kinds of doulas in our membership, Birth Doulas and Postpartum Doulas. Some doulas will provide one service, while other doulas offer both services.

A BIRTH DOULA…

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make a good decision.
  • Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor.
  • Assists the partner to participate at their own comfort level in ways that help the laboring woman.
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers.
  • Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.

A POSTPARTUM DOULA…

  • Provides mother and newborn care, breast feeding support, childbirth recovery, cooking, child care, errands, and light cleaning- for the family.
  • Is a caregiver of non-medical support. Healthcare professionals such as doctors, midwives, nurses and others are responsible for the health and well being of mother and baby. The non-medical support of the doula meets the physical , emotional and social needs of the family (DONA International – Standards of Practice).
  • Helps new parents understand the social, emotional, and physical needs and behavior of their newborn, resulting in decreased frustration, anxiety and exhaustion in the early weeks.
  • Provides a high level of non-judgmental support and coping strategies for the mother which can help to reduce the incidence of Postpartum Depression.

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