Doulas provide expert guidance and nurturing support through life’s transitions.
A birth doula is a trained, professional, non-medical childbirth assistant. Doulas provide nurturing support to growing families, in the form of emotional and physical support, as well as evidence-based information. Doulas also help parents advocate for themselves in the birth setting, and facilitate communication and support between the birthing person, partner(s), and care team.
A postpartum doula helps families adjust to life with a newborn. The first three months after birth are often called the “fourth trimester”. It’s a period of major transition – the baby is getting used to life outside the womb, while the parents and other family members are figuring out how to integrate and care for this new person in their lives. A postpartum doula helps ease this transition by providing emotional support, evidence-based information, and an extra set of helping hands.