A woman who assists at birth and in the postpartum care of mother and baby. A woman experianced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after birth.
The word doula comes from the Greek word for the most important slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to 'a woman experianced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth.
Melanie Fikes, Birth Doula
I offer doula services for Sacramento, and from Auburn to Lodi, Woodland to Folsom, and everywhere in between!