What is a Doula?

As you prepare to have a baby, you may want the help of a doula. But what is a doula, exactly? Let's learn more about who they are, and what they can do for you.

Childbirth support

A doula is a person who is trained to support you through the childbirth process. They don't actually deliver your baby. But they help guide you as you are giving birth. They work closely with the rest of your healthcare team to make childbirth a good experience for you and your family.

Services they provide

A doula supports you physically and emotionally. They coach you with breathing techniques as you have contractions. They walk with you during labor. They can give you a massage. They provide things like birthing balls (special exercise balls used during pregnancy and labor) to help keep you comfortable. They talk with you, encouraging you as you give birth and keeping stress levels low for you and your partner. And after your baby is born, your doula can help with things like breastfeeding and your emotions.


A doula can be an important part of your childbirth journey. If you choose to use a doula, make sure you find one you feel comfortable with.