About Doulas

What is a Doula?

A desired natural birth happens in its own time. Doula’s are trained to assist, guide, and teach the mom-to-be and family before, during, and after birth. We will provide you with information you’ll need to have the ability to decide what, and if, any medical procedures will be recommended or offered during your labor and delivery. A Doula makes NO medical decisions, nor do we talk FOR the mom-to-be, but we are trained to help the birthing mother use natural methods of childbirth and feel empowered with her decisions.

We will teach and guide you, using natural comfort measures such as; acupressure, massage, relaxation techniques, birthing positions, effective breathing techniques, meditation and visualizations. As you practice these techniques, you will feel confident as we support and guide you during labor and delivery while still in a hospital setting.

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While we assist with preparing and reviewing your birthing plan, we will be holding space for any and all changes during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Meeting the mom-to-be, partner, and family right where they are. We honor this special time, holding space with the utmost respect for privacy and confidentiality.

Doulas of Boston looks forward to guiding you during this amazing journey!

Here’s a little more information about Doulas…

  • A mother-to-be may need that extra emotional support other than what the on-staff nurse can provide.
  • A Doula helps a mom-to-be with comfort measures so she is less likely to use pain medications and interventions.
  • A mother-to-be may need that extra emotional support than the on staff nurse can provide.
  • A Doula can also provide backup support for the partner who isn’t completely comfortable with the demands of labor.
  • A woman without a partner may hire a Doula for her primary support person before, during, and after labor and delivery.
  • A mother-to-be may still want the nurturing a motherly figure can provide in addition to her partner.
  • A Doula can and does any necessary task allowing the partner to focus on providing primary support. Trained, certified, and observant of all surroundings, a Doula has the ability to be the brain so the partner can stop thinking and problem-solving and focus on emotional support.

A birth doula is a trained, certified labor coach who assists you before, during, and after labor and delivery. She provides you with continuous emotional support, as well as assistance with other non-medical aspects of your care.

A midwife is a healthcare provider, while a doula supports you before birth, coaches you during labor and delivery, and supports after birth.

Doulas do not approach any medical procedures. They don’t deliver babies, replace a doctor or Midwife, or play the role of a nurse. Rather, a Doula is there to support with comfort measures, relaxation techniques, reassurance, and guidance for the mom-to-be, partner, and family.