Find the Perfect Doula!
What is a Doula?
• A doula knows that each mother’s birth is special and unique.
• Is educated in the physiological and emotional process or birth, pregnancy and postpartum
• Supports the mother and family through the events of birth and making sure that they are prepared mentally and physically.
• Is a constant attendant to the mother throughout labor, offering emotional, and physical support, offering to give the mother what she needs during her labor.
• Education, doulas offer education resources so parents can inform themselves in making the best decisions for their families.
• Holds sacred space for the mother and her family.
• Birth Arts International doulas are trained in privacy, ethics and confidentiality, this is so parents can be assured that their story is protected and help sacred.
Although the word doula has it origins in ancient Greece depicting a household servant or slave of high ranking who assisted women in labor, the idea of servant or slave is antiquated and does not depict the true profession of a modern doula. The modern doula is a women who “Mothers the Mother” offering emotional and physical support to the mother, enabling the mother to have an empowering, gratifying birth experience for her and her family.
Make sure when you choose a doula she:
- Listens to and hears your desires and needs.
- Is able to be honest about your options, and assist you in finding what you want from your birth.
- She is professional and have resources, referrals (if she is a student she may not have this yet), can supply you with her educational path.
- Listen to your gut and make sure your doula will work for you.
- Ask questions and be aware that you as the parent will also have to be responsible for asking for what you need.
- An excellent doula will follow you down ANY birth path you choose, or end up on and offer you support in all birth situations. A good doula if she does not have experience in your situation she will educate herself or refer you to a care provider who can assist you.
- You can email as an initial contact, but try to make sure you can both have a sit down, make sure your doula is good at communicating with you.