Question: What is a Doula?
Doula is a Greek word meaning “woman’s servant” and today’s doulas are trained individuals experienced in childbirth and postpartum. The use of doulas (both birth and postpartum) is on the increase, and many new moms tout their benefits. What are the different types of doula and how do you know whether a doula is for you?
Answer: A birth doula is an individual trained and experienced in childbirth and whose role is to provide emotional, physical and even informational support and coaching to the mother-to-be before, during and immediately following childbirth.
There is a growing trend of the use of postpartum doulas, whose specialties differ from the above. A postpartum doula helps the new mom with the care of the infant and to provide counsel and support for the mom on such skills as breastfeeding, sleeping, bathing, swaddling, and general help. Postpartum doulas also keep watch of the new moms for any signs of postpartum depression
There are a number of organizations that help parents-to-be or new parents who are interested in having a doula assist them with the transition from a couple to a family.