If you have children, it’s likely that you know about or have considered – maybe even hired – a doula. Doula comes from Ancient Greek (doulē) meaning “female slave.” Ladies love the slave part.
The concept of a doula is not new. In fact, it’s a tradition that goes back many years in many cultures. Some women don’t live in close-knit communities where their sisters, mothers, aunts, and friends are available to support them through pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood; these events can be scary and can make a woman feel lost if she has to experience them alone.
There’s absolutely no reason to feel threatened by a doula. They help fill an important gap by providing support to the woman and her partner/support system throughout the childbearing year. A doula does not replace the support system or the father, they help and assist with support so that the family can focus on loving and encouraging the laboring woman. Doulas can serve as a source of information during pregnancy, labor and birth, even postnatal. They assists families in gathering information about their pregnancy, labor and the options available for delivery and support in recovery.