Doula support is a woman supporting another woman during childbirth and the 4th trimester or postpartum period
"A trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible." - DONA International
Doula Support Explained in Five points
Informational and advocacy support - A doula can assist you sort through the options you have that are unique to you. A wise woman once said that you can find a poor study to prove anything. A doula is skilled in helping to find the 'gold standard' of information, making sure that you are getting the most up-to-date information and guidance (without being judgmental) available. During your pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum, being assured that you are making informed choices that are the best for you and your family makes a huge difference.
Emotional support - Doulas bridge the gap in the medical practice to the emotional side of your experience. Whether your birth is completely 'unmedicated' or very complex, a doula can help navigate each situation and assist in creating a space to allow natural hormones to flow.
Partner Support and Family Support - Who you have at your birth matters. A doula is never there to take the place of your beloved family. A doula is there to be a guide to help them support you the best that they can. A doula acts a the glue holding the whole team together.
Physical Support - This is the support that doulas are most known for. A doula is an expert in non-pharmacological pain management techniques. A doula can provide suggestions throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum to help you manage common discomforts as well as positions to assist baby as they get ready to be born.
Every family can benefit from a doula supporting their journey; no
matter where that journey takes them.