“Doula Support for Expectant Parents”


What is a doula?

  • Doulas are trained caregivers who provide physical comfort, emotional support, help to address concerns and find resources during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Role of a doula:

  • Provide support throughout the pregnancy for a positive birthing experience.
  • Use non-medical methods of pain management during childbirth.
  • Assist in understanding choices and communication with healthcare providers.
  • Assist with postpartum healing, breastfeeding, and bonding with baby.
  • Some doulas may also help with household tasks during the postpartum period, to allow more bonding time with baby.

Benefits of doula services:

  • More likely to have a shorter labor.
  • Less likely to use medicine for pain.
  • Support person throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period.
  • Coaching and support through labor and delivery, available every step of the way.

If you have a patient that is pregnant and would like to receive more information about doulas, have them contact Special Beginnings for additional resources.


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