Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.
Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD
DONA describes a birth doula as, "a trained and experienced profesional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth."
A doula will assist in birth education, making certain that you receive the informaton you need in order to make informed decisions. She can also help with preparing a birth plan.
Having a doula present at birth has proven to result in shorter labors, as well as reduced need for pain medication and medical interventions. This is accomplished all while helping the parents to feel secure and cared for. A doula does not replace your birth partner, she reinforces them, helping them feel more confident and relaxed. Since she is trained and familiar with childbirth a doula can simply and clearly explain what is happening during childbirth.