What is a Birth Doula?
A birth doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth.
A doula can support a woman regardless of where she is giving birth (home or hospital) and even if she has a partner who plans to be with her at the birth. A doula does not necessarily replace the birthing mother's partner, but can join forces with him/her to support the mother more fully.
A doula adds to the support of a doctor or midwife's "team" by remaining with a laboring mama the whole time she is in labor. There is no other role that is defined this way.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new.
~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh