Desert Doula Birth & Postpartum Services
Tucson, Arizona, USA

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What is a birth doula?

A doula...

bulletrecognizes childbirth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
bulletunderstands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
bulletassists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth
bulletstays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the labor
bulletprovides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint
bullethelps the woman get the information she needs to make thoughtful decisions, both before and during labor
bulletfacilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care providers
bulletworks to nurture and protect the woman's memory of her birth experience.

From the guidelines of DONA (Doulas of North America). Further information is available at <http://www.dona.org>

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