Carriage House Birth defines a doula as “a professional who supports people through major life changes”.
The word doula is derived from the Greek word δούλα, meaning “a woman who serves”. As a doula, I am trained to provide emotional, physical, spiritual, and/or educational support to you and your partner during the perinatal and birthing process. I am responsible for your emotional comfort and care, and here to support you by highlighting choices, providing education, and being a “beacon of calm for the family through the process at large” (CHB).
Postpartum doulas are trained to offer continued support for both parents and child after birth. This may include lactation support, nutritional information, overnight support if requested, light cleaning, and more. Postpartum doulas also offer support around loss, miscarriage, and abortion.