doula, (n.), Greek, a woman who serves
In ancient Greece a doula was a most favored servant. Her role was to care for the lady of the household during her pregnancy and birthing time. Today's certified doula is a professional labor companion knowledgable and experienced in birth. She provides constant, non-judgemental physical and emotional care and helps the mother and partner obtain necessary information to make informed choices. Because you have established a relationship ahead of time, she can help remind you of things that are important to you about this birth.
What does doula support in labor look like?
What a doula doesn't do