Provide a wide range of caring, non-clinical and highly beneficial techniques including physical comfort measures and emotional support before, during and after the birth.
Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
Access helpful information for the expectant, laboring and postpartum parent/s to assist in their decision-making.
Work in cooperation with physicians, midwives, nurses, and the partners and families of laboring and postpartum women.
Facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care providers.
Vary in experience, training, services, and personality. There are certifications for doulas; however, many very experienced doulas are not certified.
Recognize that childbirth is a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life. Thus, doulas help nurture and protect the woman’s memory of her birth experience.
Provide support and care for adoptive parents in the first few weeks of their new family member’s arrival.
Provide care and emotional support for the mother after the birth. Postpartum doulas are available for daytime and evening shifts as well as overnight care.
Nurture the mother so she feels confident in her ability to care for her newborn.
Assist in the daily routine at home; help with nursery and household organization with a new baby.
Listen without judgement.
Trained to recognize postpartum depression early on and to make appropriate referrals.
Educate, support, and assist with breastfeeding and refer when needed.
Offer practical household help such as tidying, laundry, dishwashing and simple meal preparation.
Run errands and/or accompany mothers/fathers to doctor visits, sibling classes or stores.
Help with sibling adjustment.
Guide parent/s with newborn care taking and soothing skills.
Provide support for adoptive parents.
Postpartum doula services make a wonderful gift for the new mom.