A Birth Doula provides non-medical and continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a woman and her partner before, during, and just after birth. A doula assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth, supports a mother during labor with physical comfort measures, provides information to help her make an informed choice, and facilitates communication between the mother, her partner, and her care providers. Having a doula present has shown to decrease the length of labor and need for interventions, and increase success with maternal-infant bonding, breastfeeding, and positive birth perspective.
A Postpartum Doula can ease the transition with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders. Providing education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum period, she assists with newborn care, family adjustment and offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.