What is a doula?
This question has been asked by many beginning in the late 1980’s. The Greek word “doula” originally meant “female slave for the childbearing woman”. She was given to woman of child-bearing years. This slave helped her through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Today a doula is typically a woman supporting another woman through labor and/or during her postpartum.
Doula Services sprang up in response to the growing need for families to have support that in generations earlier came from immediate family. In years past, a pregnant woman received guidance and support for pregnancy, labor and postpartum from close women family members.
Today such support, while still available for some, is lacking for many women. Every woman, even the most independent and competent, needs the input and experience of other women during this transforming and life-altering phase of life. Support can mean the difference in a woman feeling confused, overwhelmed and chaotic to feeling supported, calm and confident.
MothersCare Doula Services provides competent doulas for both labor support or birth assistance and postpartum. Our doulas are warm, nurturing and intelligent. They are intuitive to the needs of their clients. Many are mothers themselves but all of our doulas are dedicated to providing the encouragement, knowledge and practical help that families need to get through this pivotal phase of their lives.