If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.Dr. John H. Kennell
What is a doula?
A doula is a birth partner that gives emotional, informational, and physical support during pregnancy and the postpartum periods. Doulas provide continuous in-person support during active labor and delivery, while also making sure that the spouse/partner or attending family members are taking care of themselves. One of the most important roles of a doula is to promote self-advocacy for the birthing person.
Doulas do not: replace or inhibit the presence of a spouse or family member, make decisions for the client, provide clinical or medical care, catch the baby, get in the way of medical staff.