Birth is not what it used to be.
In "The Olde Days," women had close relationships with other women and those other ladies supported the new mom through birth. It was important on many levels to have this kind of support. These days, birth is removed from that world. Being more medicalized, childbirth is an industry, women are processed through a hospital assembly line. They don't have the individual care that facilitates comfort and progress.
A birth doula covers this role for modern birthers. Also, she excels in coping knowledge, L & D lingo skills, helping moms to be better cared for, more comfortable, birth along their personal preferences, avoid unwanted stuff that comes with most births... She is not (usually) employed by the hospital, but rather by the mom. So her loyalty stays with MOM.
A doula is a sisterly birth professional! :-)
at 10:57 PM on Jan. 15, 2009