Doulas, in the most simplistic terms, are birth professionals who are trained to help you achieve your birth desires. They are trained in emotional, physical, and mental support leading up to and during birth for both the birthing person and support person (1). Doulas are not medical professionals, meaning they cannot deliver babies, check cervical progress, or administer medications (2). They work in conjunction with medical professionals to get create positive birth environments (2).
I am training to be a Certified Labor Doula (CLD) with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), which is one of the leading certifying organizations for doulas and birth professionals. CAPPA doulas believe that all birthing people have the right to an empowered, safe, loving birth (3). We strive to help you become your own best advocate through education, labor support, and immediate postpartum care (3). Just some of the benefits of doulas include: lower instances of medical interventions (1), C-sections (1), postpartum mood disorders (1), and increased positive feelings towards birth and baby (1).
Doulas are one of the best tools you can have in your birthing tool belt. They are educated, caring, and supportive during the entire perinatal period. If you want more information on doulas, please message me using the contact page. I wish you the best birthing experience possible!
1. Klaus, Marshall H., John H Kennell, et. al. The Doula Book. Third ed., Boston, MA, Merloyd Lawrence Book, 2012.
2. CAPPA. “Certified Labor Doula (CLD).” CAPPA, CAPPA, http://www.cappa.net/labor-doula. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.
3. CAPPA. “About.” CAPPA, CAPPA, http://www.cappa.net/labor-doula. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.