How does she help?
What does a Doula/Birthkeeper actually do?
A doula is there to support the mother and to focus on her needs before, during, and after childbirth. A doula offers such services as helping an expectant mother to prepare a birth plan, discussing with her all of her options and answering questions before the birth to eliminate any fears or anxieties; offering breathing and relaxation techniques; suggesting effective labor positions; and if qualified offering massage or hypnotherapy.
A doula enables a mother to have as gentle, calm, empowering and memorable experience giving birth as possible. Doulas are not however medically trained, and unlike midwives, do not deliver babies. Doulas are there to also support the triad of mother, father/partner and baby and as well as encouraging active participation from the partner, also offering support.