Now that’s a good question!
The following is an excellent explanation from Birth Arts International.
• A doula knows that each mother’s birth is special and unique.
• Is educated in the physiological and emotional process or birth, pregnancy and postpartum
• Supports the mother and family through the events of birth and making sure that they are prepared mentally and physically.
• Is a constant attendant to the mother throughout labor, offering emotional, and physical support, offering to give the mother what she needs during her labor.
• Education, doulas offer education resources so parents can inform themselves in making the best decisions for their families.
• Holds sacred space for the mother and her family.
• Birth Arts doulas are trained in privacy, ethics and confidentiality, this is so parents can be assured that their story is protected and help sacred.
Although the word doula has it origins in ancient Greece depicting a household servant or slave of high ranking who assisted women in labor, the idea of servant or slave is antiquated and does not depict the true profession of a modern doula. The modern doula is a women who “Mothers the Mother” offering emotional and physical support to the mother, enabling the mother to have an empowering, gratifying birth experience for her and her family.