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What's a doula??

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on Jan. 15, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • A doula is a labor coach. They work in conjunction with a mid-wife or doctor to help Moms stick to their birth plan, often they are very well versed in birth and certified as a Doula. They help Moms relax, they work as the Moms advocate, and provide emotional and physical support for birthing Moms.

    Answer by Serafyna at 10:41 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • get one! they can make all the difference!

    Answer by Lynette at 10:43 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • 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! :-)

    Answer by doulala at 10:57 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • Me! I'm a Doula! =D
    First responder pretty much has it covered.
    If you choose to use a Doula, try and search your area! If money is a concern, interview Doulas and talk to them about your concerns. Most of us will work with expecting parents on the price if needed.

    Answer by littlemrsmarcel at 10:58 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • These women answered so perfectly that I will just add that I would advice having one. :)

    Answer by reflect1light at 11:15 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

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