What is a Birth Doula?

    Doula (pronounced Doo-la) is a term from the Greek language meaning a “woman who serves.” Doulas offer physical, emotional and informational support to women and their families throughout labor, birth and the postpartum period. Their support is exclusive, continuous and non-medical.

    The presence of a doula in randomized trials has proven to reduce c-section rates, facilitate shorter labor, lessen the frequency of epidurals, reduce the use of pitocin, increase success with breastfeeding, provide fewer forceps/vacuum deliveries, increase maternal satisfaction and lower rates of newborn complications.

    Doulas do not make medical decisions or complete clinical tasks. They do provide
    the information that you need to make an informed decision.