Doula is a Greek word and stands for ‘a woman who
serves’ or ‘mothering the mother’.
A doula has passion for the process of birth and recognises that
the mother will remember it all her life.
The doula’s goal is to help women have a safe and satisfying birth,
wherever and however the mother chooses.
A doula trusts
in a woman’s instincts. She stays
by her side throughout the entire labour, birth and
immediate time after.
A doula is usually employed by
the birthing family as a private birth attendant
and provides emotional
physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint
to the woman in getting the information she needs
to make well informed decisions.
A doula sees pregnancy
and birth as bodily functions and normal life events,
not as an illness that
needs to be
Doulas support midwives in their
A doula specialises
in non-medical skills such as massage, aromatherapy,
A doula does NOT perform
clinical tasks such as vaginal exams, foetal heart
A doula is knowledgeable and experienced
in birth. She can provide information about
interventions. Her skills can help to assess
your progress by observing
body physiology, facial expressions and
A doula will NOT diagnose medical conditions,
offer second opinions or give medical
A doula is your friendly guide, sister,
mother and professional supporter.