Provides Continuous Physical, Emotional and Educational Support.
The birth doula offers help and advice regarding coping techniques such as breathing, relaxation, movement, and positioning. She also comforts the woman with touch, hot or cold packs, beverages, warm baths and showers, and other supportive measures, regardless of a woman's choices for medication. She also assists the woman and her partner to become informed about labor and their options. Perhaps the most crucial role of the doula is providing continuous emotional reassurance and comfort for the entire labor. A good doula will not make decisions for their clients nor will they project their own values and goals onto the laboring woman.