What is a doula?
DONA International defines a doula as; "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."
Do doulas deliver babies?
Our role is non-clinical. We do not deliver babies, give medical advice, perform fetal heart tone checks or do cervical exams. We are not a primary care provider. Doulas are hired to to provide advocacy, education, emotional and physical support to clients during pregnancy, labour and birth.
Will my doula make decisions for me?
No, doulas support you in making the best decisions for yourself and your baby by providing you with quality, evidence based information and presenting the benefits and risks to various procedures and options.
Will a doula replace my partner?
A doula compliments the partner's role by providing suggestions, reassurance, advocacy and relief. A doula does not attempt to replace the partner's role, rather we work as a team to support the labouring woman.