WHAT IS A DOULA?
The word doula comes from the Greek word
meaning servant. A doula is a professionally trained
non-medical support person serving women and their families before, during and after childbirth.
A birth doula provides physical, emotional and
informational support before, during and
immediately following childbirth.
A postpartum doula provides support specifically
during the days and weeks after a new baby
comes home when the "new family" is born
and a new "normal" takes shape.
Since the focus during this postpartum period
is easing the transition to parenthood as a new baby
is welcomed into the home, postpartum doulas can
be valuable for adoptive families as well.