A doula is a professional woman hired to provide you with the support you WILL need during pregnancy, birth and months after giving birth. The term doula is a GREEK word referring to a woman who serves and or supports another woman. This word has definitely evolved over the generations. There are a variety of doula specialities that exist today. A DOULA IS NOT A MIDWIFE! The support a doula offers is non medical.
Labor & Birth Doulas
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Labor/Birth doulas accompany a client and her family during the actual labor and birth process. This is often done in the home or the hospital setting with a care provider such as a midwife or OB/GYN.
Postpartum Doulas provide care and support in a clients home once the baby has arrived. There is a wide range of unique services offered by postpartum doulas. It is best to hire your postpartum doula during pregnancy to establish a plan and the type of care you are looking for.
Bereavement Doulas generally provide support for families experiencing birth that is likely to coincide with loss. That could include stillbirth, neonatal demise, adoption and even surrogacy .
Antepartum Doulas provide support for women with difficult pregnancies. These mothers are considered High-Risk and have a greater need to lower levels of stress and anxiety. These doulas may or may not actually attend the labor. Their primary role is to provide comfort and de-stress during pregnancy to help support a healthy birth.
The Consulting or Coaching Doula provides families with the resources to make informed decisions about birth and postpartum without actually attending the birth. This doula is the marriage of a health or life coach with a birth guru.