A doula is someone who provides emotional and practical support to women, their partners and families before, during and after childbirth. She may offer suggestions and resources for further information but does not give advice, undertake any clinical tasks or make any medical decisions. She may facilitate communication between the mother or parents and other caregivers. She is chosen by the mother/couple and acts to support their birth experience and assist in their transition to parenthood. You can hire a doula prenatally, for your birth or postnatally.
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