Considering a Doula?


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According to Doulas of North America, the word doula is Greek for "a woman who serves" and is now referred to as "a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the post-partum period."


I have a couple of friends who are doulas, and though they haven't been a doula for me (yet), one was my sister's doula. My sister, Jen, and her husband, Phil, continue to sing her praises, and share how much she really did help them feel empowered, informed, and reduced a lot of the stress they were feeling. Phil felt that having a doula was especially helpful for him.

When my mom first learned that Jen and Phil were consulting with a doula, she had no idea what that meant. Doula? Foreign word to her. And she couldn't quite wrap her head around it even when we were all at the hospital when Jen was giving birth.

London, my sister's doula, came recommended by a friend of mine. And London was amazing -- someone I bonded with and plan on working with for my babies' births.

Are you considering a doula?


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