The term “doula” has its origins in Ancient Greece, and it refers to a woman that is trained and has experience in assisting a woman through labour. The role of a doula is to support a woman in labour, wherever she chooses to give birth – a hospital, at home, or in a birthing centre. They provide continuous physical, emotional, and education support from when a woman is pregnant, to birth, and after birth, when the baby is brought home. It is important to note that a doula is not a midwife, nurse, or medical practitioner.
They do not provide medical, nursing, midwifery or therapeutic care, nor will they comment on, interpret, or judge the care that is provided. They are there in a purely advisory and supportive capacity.
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