Doulas provide informational, emotional, and physical support to expectant families, laboring moms and support people, and families with newborns.
Doulas often meet 1-2 times with families prenatally for a few hours. They are available to give labor support both at home and in the hospital. Doulas give continuous support to families in labor, through til a couple of hours after the birth. They’ll also provide 1-2 postpartum visits to process the birth and answer questions about the postpartum.
What doulas actually do *may* include: pointing families to resources (books, websites, educational classes, practitioners in the community), doing labor support in a family’s home in early active labor, helping families determine when an appropriate time to go to the hospital or call your midwife is, help partners to be amazing labor support, encouraging and strategizing position changes, massage, reassurances, help understanding interventions and helping families get the time they need to make decisions, and helping families to process when things don’t go as planned. They may also help in the postpartum with breastfeeding, and early newborn care.