What is a doula?
A doula is a person who gives non-judgmental emotional, physical and informational support to a woman and her significant other before during and after birth.
What types of doulas are there?
There are two types of doulas. The first is a labor doula. A labor doula works with a woman primarily during her labor, but also meets with the woman a few times before to discuss her birth plan options and for her to ask any questions she may have. A labor doula may also meet the mother a few times after birth to make sure she is doing well. The second type is a postpartum doula. Postpartum doulas meet with the mother from birth to about 3 months after birth to help and support the mother with whatever she may need.
What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
A midwife is medically trained while a doula is not. Doulas are trained to support and encourage you, to help with comfort measures during labor and to listen to your wants and needs during pregnancy, labor & delivery. Doulas do not give medical advice, but they give unconditional support.