A doula, whether a postpartum or birth doula, often does many of the things that your mom might do, in a perfect world.
Your doula is your comforter – holding your hand when you need contact, making your space right for you, whether that means bright or dark, noisy or silent, upbeat or relaxing. Doulas soothe you with massage, aromatherapy, cool or warm compresses, a warm blanket, an extra pillow, whatever it takes to make you comfy and feeling cared-for.
Your doula is your friend – you can confide in your doula like a BFF. You can joke around with your doula, or cry on her shoulder. You can even pass gas in front of your doula with no shame; we’ve been there! No judgment, no worries – we’re the most chill friend you’re going to have.
Your doula is your teacher - let us share with you our training and experience about childbirth and postpartum. We want to answer your questions about interventions or how to swaddle. We love to offer options and pros and cons for those options. Birth doulas often come to your house and do some hands-on practice. Postpartum doulas want to teach you everything they know about newborns, right in your own home!
Doulas fill many roles in many different ways. Sometimes we describe our job as "mothering the mother". What does a doula do? So many things we can’t even list them all here!