What is a Doula?

The word doula represents a profession, not a philosophy.  There are many descriptions of what a doula is such as, "a doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born." A labour doula will show you positions to labour in, she will apply counter pressure during contractions and remind you to breath. She will share your emotions, she will cheer you on and keep you motivated and support your decisions without judgement. She can help guide you to make informed decisions weighing the benefits, risks, alternatives, and instincts. A doula will remind your partner to stay nourished, assist while they take a break and reassure them of what is happening during the labour process.

A doula is also the person who can support the mothers recovery postpartum. She is the person who can prepare you lunch and help clean your pumping supplies or bottles. She can help you catch up on sleep while caring for your newborn, and she can entertain your other children while you feed the baby. 

A doula is NOT the same as a midwife and is not a medical professional. A doula does not do any medical assessments or examinations. She does not monitor or deliver the baby. She also does not speak or advocate on behalf of the mother or the family. She also cannot change or guarantee any birth outcomes.


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We would be happy to answer all of your questions about Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, and Placenta Encapsulation. The best way to really get down to the details is to contact us and schedule a complimentary consultation. We can chat all about what doulas do, why new moms in Edmonton are choosing placenta encapsulation, and how Edmonton Area Family Doulas is unique.