For more than half my lifetime (since 1985), I have been working with childbearing women and families. I have always believed that women had everything they needed to birth their babies calmly, gently, safely, and well. It has been my calling and I have experienced an immeasurable amount of joy being involved in the miracle of childbirth.
How women give birth matters! It literally changes who we are and the confidence with which we parent and care for the needs of our little ones. A confident mother knows the wants and needs of her children and is able to listen to her intuitive voice and divine inspiration in providing the care and nurturing needed. My desire as a doula and professional labor support person is to help facilitate and advocate a couple's ideal birthing experience as well as guide them in working together to bring forth the babies they created in love.
Doulas offer emotional and physical support during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Their primary role is to be there for you and your partner, to facilitate a more calm and comfortable birth.
Doulas can also get training and certification.
Some Doulas, called post partum doulas, are just for the period right after the birth, to help with baby care, home chores, and meals.