How does a birth doula serve?
Many women have dreams of what they hope their birth will be like. A birth doula seeks to develop a relationship with her clients during pregnancy so she can support the dreams of the couple. She provides a calm and reassuring presence and voice. She listens to their concerns and needs and recommends resources to help.
A birth doula provides guidance through the process of formulating a birth plan and helps facilitate communication with the care provider. A doula provides resources for childbirth preparation and education. She can provide information about community resources available to couples.
During labor, a birth doula brings her knowledge of birth into helping support a client’s wishes by:
- Protecting their birth environment
- Supporting their voice being honored
- Providing comfort measures and emotional support
- Suggesting positions and changes to help ease pain and facilitate a smoother, more effective labor
- Providing reassurance and encouragement
- Supporting her partner
A birth doula has been trained in the art of birth support and has intuition into laboring mother’s needs. She is caring and nurturing, yet able to remain calm and focused. She provides information during labor with compassion, without judgment, or over-medicalized language.
For more information on doulas and the benefits of doula labor support, visit childbirth connection.