Doula (pronounced doola) is an Ancient Greek word meaning woman servant or caregiver. Today it refers to someone who provides support during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. A doula provides emotional and practical support to enable a mother to have a positive and empowering experience so that she can enjoy her transition to parenthood.
My aim as a doula is not to replace the mother’s birth partner, but to complement their support through practical skills and knowledge. You can watch a video of myself and a colleague talking about what we do as doulas here