A birth doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, informational, and practical support to a mother during labour, birth, and for a few hours post birth.
- Help Answer Questions or help the mother find answers to her questions.
- Build a birth plan with you.
- Provide comfort measures ranging from emotional to physical.
- Provide assistance with breastfeeding.
- Help birth partner by offering suggestions on comfort techniques.
- Get food/drink, give the partner a break if necessary.
Doula Do Not...
- Doulas do not not provide medical advice.
- Doulas do not do medical examinations.
- Doulas do not replace the partner or family member.
- Doulas do not speak on behalf of the mother or partner.
A postpartum doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, informational, and practical support to a new mother and her entire family after the birth of a child. It is our job to mother the mother and help ease her transition into motherhood while her body is healing.
- Assist mother in getting comfortable at home.
- Help Care for baby when mom is unable (ex. Shower, nap)
- Provide encouragement.
- Help the families locate resources and information.
- Teach families how to care for their baby.
- Light house cleaning (laundry, care for older siblings, tidy-up)
- Cook light health conscious meals.
A Postpartum doula does not...
- Assess the mother or infants health.
- Tell the mother what she should do.
- Replace the father/partner.
- Act as a maid or nanny (they assist in these areas but it is not their primary role).
Child Birth Educator
- Signs of labour
- Birthing options
- Interventions and pain relief options.
- How partners can help you.
- Breast feeding
- Infant Care
- Postpartum depression information and signs.