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What is a Doula?
Labor Support Birth Doulas:
Provide emotional, physical, and educational support to the birthing person and their family during the perinatal period and through the immediate postpartum period. They offer non-judgemental evidence-based support, along with practical hands-on techniques and comfort strategies to help manage the challenges of labor. Doulas promote self-care, basic perinatal education and facilitate communication between the provider and their client. Doulas encourage and support parent/infant bonding and encourage breast/chestfeeding. Doulas improve birth outcomes and overall satisfaction with the birthing process.
Community-Based Labor Support Doulas:
Do all of the above, but they often serve clients in under-resourced communities with an additional focus on health equity and the social determinants of health.
Provide a wide variety of support during the days, weeks, or months following the birth. Services are agreed upon by the family and the Doula and can include anything from infant care and running errands to light housekeeping.
Full Spectrum Doulas:
Will often do one or more of the above, plus they provide additional support to those experiencing a miscarriage or an abortion.
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