I maintain my certification through several organizations. Here are some links to explore them. Each organization provides a different modem (type) of support.
What Is A Doula?
A Doula is a trained and experienced birth professional who provides a pregnant woman and her family with continuous emotional support, and physical comfort and education before, during and after childbirth. A Doula strives to facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her family, and her clinical care providers. A Doula perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience. Doulas strive to enhance the role and participation of the partner and family members by modeling supportive and helpful behavior during labor. A Doula strives to draw loved ones closer.
The Benefits Of Having A Doula
Researchers Kennell and Klaus et. al. found in six studies:
THE IMPACT OF A DOULA ON LABOR AND EARLY PARENTING:
(Adapted By Penny Simkin, 1992)