A doula’s ultimate goal is to help you have a safe and positive experience either birthing your baby and/or during the first few weeks with your newborn.
Birth doulas will usually provide assistance during your pregnancy by answering questions and helping you navigate the healthcare system, then attend you during your labour and birth (either at home, in hospital, or both). After the baby is born they will generally visit you at least once to answer any questions about the birth and assist in establishing feeding or care systems with your newborn if needed.
Postpartum Doulas are there to enhance your experience as a parent to your newborn. This will be done by providing factual information, helping with hands-on chores and family adjustment, and assisting you in exploring ways to navigate any issues that might arise in a way that supports your view of parenting.