Why Do I Need A Doula?


I hear variations of this question all the time. Do I need a doula? What does a doula even do? Let's start with the basics.

The word "doula" originally comes from the greek word doule, which means female slave or servant. The meaning today is quite different, but the basic meaning remains.

In one sentence, a labor doula provides physical, emotional and informational support to women and their families in pregnancy, labor, birth and immediate postpartum. Let's see what that looks like:

Doulas provide physical support. As a labor doula, I know positions that help your baby move into an optimal position for birth and comfort techniques to help you during labor. 

Doulas provide emotional support. I believe every women has an instinctive knowledge of how to give birth. But sometimes we can doubt our capabilities, right? My role is always to support you and your desires and wishes. While I do not advocate FOR you, I help you advocate for yourself! It's all about you and your birth!

Doulas provide evidence-based information. It's not about my opinion of what you should or shouldn't do. All my information is backed by research and studies. I simply give you the information and it's up to you to decide what you'll do with it. Whatever your decision, I'll support you!

CAPPA Labor Doulas (whether already certified or still working on certification) are held to a scope of practice and code of conduct.

Here's a brief overview of what we DON'T do:

CAPPA Labor Doulas do not provide medical exams or procedures.

CAPPA Labor Doulas do not advocate for you. We support you in becoming your own best advocate!

CAPPA Labor Doulas do not take the place of your partner. Think of dads and doulas as a team. While dad has the intimate knowledge of mom, I have extensive knowledge and training in labor and birth, making us a perfect support team for mom! Doulas are that extra support person in case dad wants to catch a bite to eat or take a quick nap. Read more about dads and doulas here.

Hopefully this answers some of your questions on doulas. Feel free to contact me with more questions!