A Birth doula is a trained and experienced professional in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth or immediate postpartum.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT: With the continued presence by the mothers side throughout labor, giving serenity, encouragement, confidence, supporting her desires and decisions. By accompanying her with loving patience, reminding her of her inner strength and wisdom on the journey to motherhood.
PHYSICAL SUPPORT: Using physical comfort measures (non-medical) that can use to cope with the different stages of labor. These include walking, changing positions, massages, application of heat and cold, using a birthing ball, breathing, relaxation, visualization, hydrotherapy, counter pressure, etc.
SUPPORTING INFORMATION: To learn about the different options you have and by educating yourself you can make informed decisions. "If you do not know your options, you do not have any" - Diana Korte
The doula advise and help you formulate a birth plan.
Being a doula is a willingness to serve, silence, support, continuous presence, compassion, and being passionate. The essence of the doula is its simple continuous presence during the labor. Simple, but not easy.