What will a doula do for me?

Very simply put: a doula will support the laboring woman and her partner in areas of physical comfort, emotional changes, informational support, and communication both with each other and hospital staff.

The more complicated answer to this question lies with the family preparing for birth. Do you need someone to help you through physical challenges? A doula will help you with positions, breathing, and touch therapies to ease or help you cope with physical challenges. Do you want someone to help you open up emotionally? A doula will listen with an open heart. Do you have a lot of uncertainty about the process or conflicting information? A doula is ideal for helping you sort through all of the information, both before and during labor.