"Doula" translates literally from ancient Greek to mean "woman's servant." She provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother and her family during labor, delivery and in the immediate postpartum period.
Numerous studies revealed having a labor support person:
It has also been shown that parents:
When hiring any labor support person, be sure to conduct a thorough interview. The initial consultation can take place over the phone, but be sure to interview your favorite candidates in person. Make sure that your choice is a good match for your family and personality. Here are some sample topics to cover:
Her role may not end at birth. In some instances, she may be available to help with postpartum care for you and your baby, including family care such as preparing meals or even watching the baby at night to allow the mother some much-needed rest.
For more information or to locate a doula in your area, contact DONA International or browse our Provider Directory.
Page Last Modified by Catherine Beier, MS, CBE
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