A doula is someone who provides emotional and practical support to women, their partners and families before, during and after childbirth. Doulas provide continuity of care throughout the birth year.
A doula may offer suggestions and resources for further information but does not give advice, undertake any clinical tasks or make any medical decisions. They may facilitate communication between the mother or parents and other caregivers. They are chosen by the mother/couple and acts to support their birth experience and assist in their transition to parenthood. You can hire a doula during pregnancy to support you during labour and birth, for the postnatal period after your baby arrives, or for both!