Doulas (Birthing Assistants):The word "doula" comes from the greek word meaning the most important female aide in a household. Doulas or Birth Assistants are there to support the parents by helping with the planning of the birth before the onset of labor and by helping the mother-to-be once labor starts. In addition, they also help the new parents learn how to care for the infant.
A doula does many essential things to ensure a smooth and safe delivery for both the mother and the child being born. A doula recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life and accepts her role as a vital key to the happiness of all those affected by the birth of the child.
Recent studies indicate better outcomes for babies and their mothers: shorter, more comfortable labors; fewer complications; and greater maternal satisfaction when a labor support person is present.