What is a Doula?
There is no one definition that could define all doulas as no two doulas are alike, and it is a term that continues to evolve. Below are some common definitions.
In her article Evidence On: Doulas, Rebecca Dekker shares the definition of a birth doula from Dr. Christine Morton, author of the book Birth Ambassadors. Dr Morton States, " a birth doula is a companion who supports a birthing person during labor and birth. Birth doulas are trained to provide continuous, one-on-one care, as well as information, physical support, and emotional support to birthing persons and their partners."
Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association states labor doulas "fill an important role in providing emotional, physical, and evidence-based, informational support to the birthing client and their family before, during, and after birth."
It is also important to note that there are many types of doulas. Most common doulas are known as birth, labor or postpartum doula. However, full-spectrum doulas can also offer support in adoption, abortion, bereavement, fertility, and foster care and beyond.
I provide services as a Certified Labor Doula including postpartum doula support and a bereavement doula in-training through StillBirthday.
Check out this great resource below all about Evidence on: Doulas in this well-written and researched article by Rebecca Dekker at Evidenced Based Birth.