What Is A Doula?

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A doula is a non-medical support person for pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. A doula provides continuous educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual support to the mother and anyone she chooses to be part of the birthing experience. A doula assists a woman to define her wishes during labor and birth. A doula will provide you with evidence to help make informed decisions and create a positive environment by facilitating communication between the mother and her support partner. Doulas provide hands on techniques such as massage, rebozo sifting, aromatherapy, and counterpressure. A doula will provide support for the emotional and physical changes that happen postpartum as well as aid in breastfeeding. Research shows that having a doula results in shorter labors, fewer complications, and an easier transition to breastfeeding.