What is a Doula?

A ‘Doula’ (pronounced “doola”) is a Greek word meaning “woman who serves another woman” or “caregiver”.

The term ‘Doula’ was first used to refer to an experienced woman who assisted new mothers in breastfeeding and newborn care.  Medical researchers Marshall Klaus and John Kennell, who conducted the first of several clinical trials on the medical outcomes of doula-attended births, adopted the term to refer to labour support as well as prenatal and postnatal support.

Therefore, today a ‘Doula’ refers to an experienced woman who provides emotional & practical support to a woman, couple or family before, during and after childbirth.  A Doula is not judgemental; she will help families to make their own decisions and develop their own style.  Doulas do not take on a medical role or offer medical advice, but will be able to support a woman emotionally & practically.