About Doulas

What is a Birth Doula?

A Birth Doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides support for the expectant, labouring and post-partum mother.  A Birth Doula does not perform any clinical tasks or medical procedures but rather complements the medical team by providing continuous emotional, physical, informational and practical support as well as advocacy for the mother as necessary.

Studies have shown the following effects of Doula support on birth outcomes:

What training do Birth Doulas have?

Birth Doulas are trained in physical and emotional comfort measures for the course of normal childbirth and early postpartum period.  This includes relaxation methods, movement and positioning during labour and hands on comfort techniques.  Most Birth Doulas attend an intensive workshop, observation of childbirth education classes, complete an extensive reading list relating to labour support and attend a minimum of three births to obtain certification.  They are not trained in medical or clinical tasks such as vaginal exams, fetal monitoring or blood pressure checks.  Birth Doulas do not make decisions for clients but rather provide them with information to make informed choices.  Some Birth Doulas have additional skills that may also be of use in supporting the mother during labour such as massage training.

Birth Doulas are a valuable member of the Maternity Care Team. Together along with empowered and informed birthing parents, we are achieving positive and memorable birth experiences. Endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, birth doulas are striving to protect the memory and the spirit of the birthing process, while minimizing obstetrical interventions.

Consultations are complimentary. Feel free to contact us at anytime during your pregnancy. We have limited numbers of clients per month for peace of mind.