What is a Doula? And Do You Need One?

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This article explains the role of a doula and the growing landscape of doula services across the United States. It includes information on what a doula can do, how to find one, and how they work within the larger healthcare system.

“Hashim felt confused, frustrated, alone and powerless, without an advocate she trusted who could explain what was happening during her surgery, the risks her condition imposed and the possibility of an emergency hysterectomy. The experience drove her to educate herself and eventually to become a certified doula, a professional whose sole priority is to support and provide guidance (like she needed) to birthing mothers.”

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