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an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes

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NLJ: Can doulas help to encourage fathers to participate?
At least twice a month, I pull on shapeless blue scrubs, pull my hair back from my face, and practice the art of radical feminism by volunteering as a doula.
Doulas learn more about addressing parents' fears, supporting religious and spiritual practices, the pros/cons of working with friends and family members and much more.
This study shows that community-based doulas can change the way our country cares for our most vulnerable moms and babies, and it can save taxpayer dollars," said Rachel Abramson, HC One's Executive Director.
GARDNER -- The LaChance Maternity Center at Heywood Hospital is seeking volunteers for the Doula Training Program.
Usually, a pregnant mum and her doula will meet up a few times before the birth to get to know one another and to talk through what the mother would and would not like to happen during her labour and birth.
Doulas -- who was on board of a military vessel moored across from the base -- said that a sailor called him on deck at around 4am because "the containers were on fire" and together they went to the naval base's main gate where -- from about 100 metres away -- he took two videos with his phone.
According to a survey of 1,106 women and 105 doulas, conducted by Doula UK, 93% of women who employed doulas attempted breastfeeding and 70% were still exclusively breastfeeding after six weeks, higher than the national figures from the Department of Health, which show only 74.
The women described the doulas as providing support for their partner, as well as tailored support, reassurance and encouragement for themselves.
Well-trained doulas serve those who have limited support from family and friends and provide emotional, spiritual, and social companionship.
Doulas, who are often retired midwives, step in to provide the one-to-one care that NHS midwives no longer have the time for.
For practitioners and trainees in obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, midwifery, and nursing, and childbirth educators and doulas in North America and the UK, Simkin (allied birth vocations, Bastyr U.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend a birth, mothers feel more emotionally bonded to their child, are more likely to breast feed, and are more satisfied with their birthing experience overall.
Doulas, women who help and advise with the non-medical aspects of birth and childcare, have been around in some cultures for many centuries.