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What is a Doula?


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.

Doulas help make birth better!

They nurture, support and offer expert guidance for families during pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum time. There is strong evidence to show that doulas improve outcomes.

What do DONA International doulas offer?

Emotional Support – Doulas are experts in emotional support and active listening that encourages new parents.

Evidence-Based Information and Support –

Doulas are trained to understand what birthing and new families truly need. The doula helps with soothing techniques, providing evidence-based information so you can make informed decisions about your birth and your baby.

Hands on practical support – It’s all hands on deck during birth and with a newborn. Doulas provide physical comfort measures as well as practical support to ease the transition into parenthood.

Partner Support – A new baby means transition for everyone. Doulas understand what everyone needs, and can be a great addition for anyone involved. Doulas enhance a partner’s ability to support their entire family.

DONA International’s website is filled with resources to help families and professionals learn about doulas. Find information about the role and benefits of doulas as well as links to online tools, like the hiring guide.

Credit: DONA Int.

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