Doula- a Greek word meaning a woman who serves. In labor support terminology,a doula refers to a specially trained birth companion (not a friend or loved one) who provides labor support. She performs no clinical tasks. Doula also refers to lay women who are trained or experienced in providing postpartum care (mother and newborn care, breastfeeding support and advice, cooking, child care, errands, and light cleaning) for the new family. To distinguish between the two types of doulas, the terms birth doulas and postpartum doulas are used.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
Research shows parents who receive support can: