The word "doula" comes from the Greek language meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a women who provides excellent physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth. Studies have proven that women who have doulas attend births have shorter labors with fewer complications, and babies are less likely to spend time in the nursery.
Research shows that having a doula help after the birth for the first few weeks can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, and reduces the risk of postpartum depression.
Each doula is different and each new mother is different so make sure you interview her first, get all your questions answered.
The Peaceful Birth Workbook offers you a list of questions you can ask potential doulas.
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