Studies by Klaus,
Kennell & Klaus (1993)
Member of Doula UK
What's a Doula?
A doula (pronounced doo-la) is a trained and experienced woman who is there to provide sustained support to pregnant women (and their partners) during pregnancy, labour and into early parenthood. She can offer information, counsel and social support but she is not trained to carry out any clinical tasks.
She is chosen and employed by the woman or couple to protect the memory of their birth experience enabling the woman to have the most satisfying birth experience as she journeys through pregnancy and into motherhood. She also stands as advocate and helps to facilitate effective communication of the woman to her caregivers giving her to space to completely melt into the experience of childbirth.
Her role derives from the birth support person who traditionally would have been (and still is, in some countries) the woman's mother, sister or friend.