You may be asking, what is a doula anyway?
The word “doula” is from the ancient Greek and originally referred to a female servant. Today the term doula generally refers to a trained person who attends to a mother during labor and birth or during the postpartum period. A birth doula will care for a woman, providing physical comfort, emotional and psychological support, and assistance obtaining information during her labor and birth. A postpartum doula will aid a mother and her family in transitioning to life with a new baby. Some people say that the doula “mother’s the mother.” In other words, she nurtures the mother as she becomes a mother herself.
Good Births’ doula, Tracy, provides birth doula services. She specializes in nurturing mothers through their labors and births.
She will spend some time with the mother and her support person(s) prenatally getting to know their wishes and needs, then when labor begins, she will stay with them continuously, until baby is born, and for a short time afterward. She will help the mother with physical comfort measures, whether she wants a completely natural birth or support to reach a certain phase of labor before she receives an epidural. The doula will also support the mother emotionally so that she feels confident and ready to meet her baby. And the doula will help the parents get the information they need to make the decisions they feel are best for the care of both mother and baby. More about Tracy.
The Essential Ingredient: Doula
is a documentary produced by DONA International in 2010 featuring commentary by all of DONA International’s esteemed founders and some of its celebrated past presidents speaking on the origin and rationale of doula support. Their words are complemented by inspiring visuals of treasured birth and postpartum moments courtesy of Jodie Myers/MyBirthMovie (www.mybirthmovie.com).
Doula - Childbirth Educator
I am Tracy Good. I am a wife and a mother.
I am also an advocate for mothers and babies. For me that means that I believe mothers should have complete, evidence-based information about their care and the care of their babies during labor and birth and that they have the right to make the final decisions about that care. I also believe mothers should have continuous support throughout labor. And I am not a fan of the adage “doctor knows best.” I prefer “mother knows best” – especially for herself and baby! Read More…