Doulas Arlington MA
Doula, Mental Health Professional
Newton Highlands, MA
Needham Heights, MA
What Is A Doula?
A doula will perform different duties, depending on her training: prenatal care support, support during childbirth, or postpartum support. A doula providing childbirth support will attend a home birth or might tend to the woman with labor at home, as well as during transportation to a hospital or birthing center and during the birth itself. A doula providing postpartum support will begin in the home after the birth. This support can include anything from caring for the newborn to cooking or light housekeeping. Typically, postpartum support with last the first six weeks or so after the birth, but it can continue for up to two years in cases where mothers suffer form postpartum depression or in the case of multiple births.
The word “ doula ” derives from ancient Greek, and means “ woman of service .” However, in Greece, the term has the negative connotation of “slave.” Because of this, some doulas refer to themselves as “ labor companions ” or “ birthworkers .”
Doulas that provide labor/birth support aid in the emotional and physical support of the woman, but they do not perform any clinical or medical tasks , nor do they provide any medical advice. Instead, they use massage and positioning to aid in the birth process. They will typically remain with the new mother until a few hours after the birth. They will also work as an advocate for the woman, communicating her wishes with the medical staff, and getting information for her and the family.
Doulas providing postpartum support will provide support in the woman’s home after t...