Doula: a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a birther before, during and shortly after childbirth to help them achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
Physical support can help the birthing person maintain a sense of control, comfort, and confidence.
Emotional support helps the birthing person feel cared for and feel a sense of pride and empowerment after birth.
Informational support helps keep the birthing person and their partner informed about what’s going on with their labor, as well as provides them with access to evidence based options.
Advocacy, some organizations claim advocacy is NOT a doula’s job.
Advocacy is exactly how we will make real changes in medical industrial complex and in the birth.
“Advocacy is defined as supporting the birthing person in their right to make decisions about their own body and baby.”
Some examples of a doula’s advocacy could be: