What is a Doula?
A doula is a professional, non-medical companion trained in the needs of the family. They provide clients with continuous support during pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postpartum period.
Doulas may also offer support through other significant life experiences such as miscarriage, termination, debilitating illness, or end of life.
Doulas will not
Professionally trained doulas take their scope of practice very seriously and fully understand the limitations of their services.
DAI members also abide by a common Code of Ethics which states some of their responsibilities, expected professional conduct, and shared ethos.
Many doulas have taken additional trainings in related areas and are able to provide other services. Those may be included in birth and/or postpartum service packages they offer; however, keep in mind those services are not being provided under the Doula role.