About Doulas

"Doula is a Greek word whose definition has come to mean a woman who helps other women. The word has further evolved to mean a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth."

-- M. H. Klaus, J.H. Kennel and P. H. Klaus. The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth; Da Capo Press, 2002.

What is a Doula?

A doula is a labour support professional trained in knowledge of the physiological, psychological and emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy, labour, birth, and post-partum. She works for the mother, as a part of her birthing team. She works independently from the hospital staff and is there for you. Providing continuous physical and emotional support through your entire labour and delivery, a doula is a familiar face, remaining with you through nursing shift changes, and is someone you know and trust in the event you are being cared for by a doctor you have not met before.

A doula helps you create a Birth Plan and helps you to communicate your wishes to your care provider so he/she can better care for you and to maximize your chance of having the kind of birth you desire.

Why hire a Doula?

Research has shown that the continuous support a doula provides can:

  • decrease your chances of an episiotomy or forceps/vacuum delivery;
  • decrease your chances of Cesarean section;
  • improve your ability to cope with pain of labour;
  • decrease your need for epideral analgesia or other pain medications;
  • decrease the length of your labor;
  • reduce negative feelings about the childbirth experience;
  • give a mother greater self-confidence and success with breastfeeding;
  • and reduce the chance of postpartum depression.

Contact Us

Inner Strength Doula Services | Nicole Eramian | 306-934-0962 | Arrange a Free Consultation