"What Does a Doula Do?"
A doula practices within the belief that pregnancy and childbirth are normal, healthy processes, and that quality support during birth contributes to better outcomes for mothers and babies. While a doula employs a variety of methods to help reduce the pain of labor and to minimize the chance of complications, continual emotional support is her most essential tool.
A doula does not perform clinical tasks, such as fetal heart checks or internal exams for the mother. Also, a doula does not make decisions for the laboring woman or offer medical advice. Rather, a doula assists the laboring woman and her partner to gather information necessary to make decisions that are right for them, and to provide helpful support.