Doula refers to a supportive companion (other than a friend or loved one) who is professionally trained to provide labor support. She performs no clinical tasks. Doula also refers to lay women who are trained or experienced in providing postpartum care - mother and newborn care, breastfeeding support and advice, cooking, child care, errands, and light cleaning - for the family. To distinguish between the two types of doulas, one may refer to "birth doulas" and " postpartum doulas."
A doula provides:
physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth; help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, massage and positioning; assistance to families in gathering information about the course of their labor and their options; continuous emotional reassurance and comfort; non-medical skills such as massage and other non-pharmacological pain relief measures; assistance to partners who want to play an active support role; help so the woman has a safe and satisfying childbirth as the woman defines it.
Everything about birth and the fight between the doulas of Hungary and the Hungarian government for the right of giving birth at home.
A site designed to educate and inform women about choices in childbirth. Search for a Doula on this site.
Searchable, interactive directory that lists doulas, midwives, lactation consultants and childbirth educators throughout the United States.
Explains the role of the doula, doula training and certification. Includes directory, board of directors and list of regional representatives, and conference information.
Organization founded to provide support and educational opportunities for Long Island doulas. Seeks to expand awareness in the general and healthcare community about the positive benefits doulas bring to birth.
A training and certifying body for labor and postpartum doula training and certification, as well as a current directory of MaternityWise doulas. Includes training dates.
Contains information about the program that provides any woman in the military community or public with a professional doula.
A membership organization that supports, develops and promotes doulas in the Puget Sound, Washington area. Providing free referrals to certified labor doulas and committed to finding a doula for every woman who wants one, regardless of ability to pay.
Details about the Paramana Doula Course offered by Dr. Michel Odent. Includes dates and locations.
Provides referrals for parents hiring a birth or postpartum doula. They also offer professional support for doulas and aspiring doulas.
Contains stories about doula births.
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