What is a Doula?

Doula is a Greek word that means woman caregiver.

Today the word Doula describes a trained and experienced pre-labour, birth, and postpartum companion.   A Doula provides a woman and her partner with continuous emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during and in the weeks following childbirth.

There are two designations for Doulas:

1)      Birth Doula – provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance in getting the information labouring and birthing women need to make good decisions.  She stays with the woman throughout her entire labour.

2)      Postpartum Doula –  Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is providing education and the practical helps that mom or partner identify as necessary to promote mother/baby health and/or relieve stress. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.”  They also assist with breastfeeding education.  Postpartum doulas make sure the mother is fed, well hydrated and comfortable” (http://www.dona.org/mothers/faqs_postpartum.php)

Lydia’s Doula Service is pleased to provide both Birth & Postpartum Doula care.

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