A Doula is a woman experienced in childbirth and knowledgeable of hospital procedures. Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support during labor—from massage to aromatherapy, to continuous reassurance and coping techniques—for the mother and her family.
A birth doula generally meets with you before the birth to develop a trusting relationship and will be present for your labor. They may provide childbirth education, help you develop a birth plan, and set a number of postpartum visits. Most birth doulas work for a flat fee with a sliding scale.
If you are looking for Postpartum support you can find more information here
Finding and Interviewing Doulas
We recommend you interview several doulas and see whom you vibe with. Some questions you might considering asking are:
ALACE—Association of Labor Assistance and Childbirth Educators, Cambridge MA
CBE—Certified Breastfeeding Educator
CCHT—Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
CLE—Certified Lactation Educator
CNA—Certified Nurses Aid
LCCE—Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
PCD—Certified Postpartum Doula