…so what does a doula’s labor support look like?
Being pregnant is strange and new and full of surprises – even for people who have been there done that. Not only is pregnancy weird, but pregnant people get bombarded on all sides with all types of advice. “Do this!” “Don’t do that!” “Do it my way!” “Do it the way my mom did!” “My sister’s college roommate’s uncle said that his wife…” And at least one person will say “OH! You’re PREGNANT! Let me tell you how HORRIBLE birth was!” So how do you sift through all this noise? How do you find the information that is actually going to be helpful on your journey through pregnancy and birth? By finding the right doula!
The dictionary definition of a doula is a Greek word meaning “woman’s servant”. Nowadays we use that word to describe a trained labor support professional. In the simplest terms, doulas give birthing families support. Emotional, physical and informational support before, during, and after their birth.
Okay, I hear you saying, sounds GREAT! But what does that translate to in practice? What does a doula do?