What is a Doula?
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What is a doula: A Doula is a coach to support parents-to-be during this transitionary period of labor & delivery as well as the few first few days after the baby is born.  A doula accompanies women in labor, taking care of her emotional needs throughout childbirth.  In addition, doulas help partners become more involved.  A postpartum doula continues after the birth of the child to help mom and her partner settle into their new roles as parents.  Doulas can facilitate momís ability to breastfeed, doulas can prepare meals for moms and clean the apartment. In some regards, Doulas assume the role of super moms.  Caring for the mother, while the mother cares for the baby. 

Giving birth to a baby is so much more than a physical phenomenon; it engages parents-to-be in a transformational experience, a key life event full of emotion and meaning. A doula who accompanies a woman in labor mothers the mother, taking care of her emotional needs throughout childbirth. A doula also provides support and suggestions for partners that can enhance their experiences of birth. A postpartum doula continues that valuable emotional support and guidance, helping a family make a smooth transition into new family dynamics.


The above article is copied from the the Dona International website http://www.dona.org 








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