What is a doula?
A birth doula is a trained support person. She provides continuous emotional, physical, and mental support and comfort during labor for the mom and her companion. She also provides education before, during and after labor.
A doula does not provide clinical services.
"A doula's goal is to help the laboring person have a satisfying birth as they define it"
Penny Simkin, The Birth Partner
The impact of doulas on healthy birth outcomes
Less pain during labor and delivery
Reduced use of pain medications
Fewer major labor interventions (induction, Cesarean, vacuum extraction, forceps)
Lower probability of low Apgar scores at birth
Positive and satisfying birth experience for mom AND partner
The evidence for birth. Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN
What is a Doula? DONA.org
What is a Doula? (video)