Austin Doula Directory

Doula is a Greek word referring to an experienced woman who helps other women. The word has come to refer to a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing family before, during and just after childbirth. Doulas provide emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. They call themselves many things including: Childbirth Assistant, Labor Support Professional, Birth Assistant, Birth Companion, etc.

Many studies have shown having a doula increases positive outcomes for labor and birth. When supported by a doula, women have continuous labor support, experience less pain and use less medications, are less likely to have a cesarean birth and have a more satisfying childbirth experience.

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