What is a  Birth Doula?

A Doula is a person experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the gestational parent before, during and just after childbirth.

A  Birth Doula:

Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the parent will remember all her/their life.

Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a person in labor.

Assists the parent and her/their partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.

Stays by the side of the laboring person from the point of being summoned, until after the birth of the baby.

Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the birthing person in getting the information she/they need to make good decisions.

Facilitates communication between the laboring parent, her/their partner and clinical care providers.

Perceives the doula role as one who nurtures and protects the parent's memory of her/their birth experience.

What is a doula and why do so many people want one?

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 Studies have shown many benefits of birth doula care, including:

  • Improved physical and psychological outcomes for mother and baby
  • Shorter labors
  • Less use of synthetic oxytocin
  • Fewer cesarean births
  • Fewer deliveries using forceps and vacuum extractors
  • Fewer requests for pain medication
  • More successful breastfeeding
  • More positive postpartum outcomes for mother
  • Greater satisfaction with birth experience
For more on Birth Doulas, please refer to this article in

The Journal of Perinatal Education