What is a Birth Doula?

A birth doula is a trained and experienced childbirth professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during, and after childbirth.

 

 

Your doula will...

  • provide emotional, physical and informational support

  • use comfort measures and coping practices to support you in labour and birth

  • provide you with evidence-based information

  • continuously reassure, support, and comfort you during labour, birth, and immediate postpartum

  • help you become informed about the risks and benefits of various birth options

  • help you to achieve your birth preferences by empowering you prenatally, and helping to facilitate communication between you and your care providers

  • look after your partner during labour, allowing them to recharge and rest when needed

 

 

 

Your doula will not...

  • perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams, blood pressure, or fetal heart monitoring

  • speak on your behalf to your care provider or hospital staff

  • make decisions for you

  • give medical advice or diagnose conditions

  • judge you for decisions that you make

  • pressure you into making any decisions

  • take over the role of your partner

  • deliver your baby

  • discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation, age, race, marital status