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What is a "Doula"?

Information for Doulas

Information for Moms

Recommended Links

DONA (Doulas of North America)

Local Resources

Services offered by the Forsyth County Department of Health

Safe Pregnancy Tips

Research

 

 

 

 

 

What is "Woman to Woman, Hand in Hand"?

"Woman to Woman, Hand in Hand" is no longer active. However we invite you to read through the information on this site.  If you are looking for a Doula, please visit DONA.org (international) or PADANC.org (North Carolina)

What is a "Doula"?

The word "doula" comes from ancient Greek and is now used to refer to someone experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.

A birth doula:

  • Recognizes childbirth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for the birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout her labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her support partner(s), and clinical care providers
  • Percieves her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of her birth experience
  • Allows the woman's support partner(s) to participate at their own comfort levels

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are short with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

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"As soon as I started humming my labor song I wanted my sister close by. Her voice was on the same pitch as my song, her movements mirrored my own, and soon I felt like her heart and mine were beating in harmony."

-from Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

For Professional Doula Services in the Triad area, please visit the website of the Piedmont Area Doula Association  PADANC.com