What is a Doula?
The Meaning and our Responsibilities:
'Indigenous Doulas are a mechanism at which we can intervene to create a sacred space for compassionate care when Indigenous Women are most vulnerable'
- Dr. Barry Lavallee, Indigenous Physician
A doula is a specially trained birth companion that provides support for women and families during pregnancy, labor and after birth. A doula does not perform any clinical procedures; rather they provide emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual support. This level of support can lead to healthier pregnancies, a more positive and empowering birth experience, and increased breastfeeding and bonding in the postpartum period.
As a birth worker, I recognize that we have the honor of walking with our relatives throughout their journey and will provide non-judgmental compassionate care to each person.
I support body Sovereignty, meaning that I support and empower each person to make choices regarding their own body and health.
My responsibility is to make sure that the birthing mom feels safe, loved, and supported.
*Doulas DO NOT replace professional medical care, rather they enhance the communication and relationship between families and care providers.*