A Doula

A DOULA is a person who assists the new mother and her family in labour, birth and postpartum. The word ‘doula’ comes from the Ancient Greek term for ‘a woman of service’.

A doula:

  • provides non-medical support
  • attends to the woman’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs
  • facilitates informed decision making
  • helps a woman advocate for herself
  • supports a woman in processing her experiences

Doulas are not required to be certified and there are many ways to acquire the skills necessary to support a woman through childbirth and mothering.

Each Doula has different experiences and may offer different services.

The fees for a doula can range depending on her experience and services provided. This is not a service funded by the government.

If you are seeing a midwife for your pregnancy and birth you can still benefit from a doula’s services.  Speak to your midwife about doulas in your community.