May is International Doula Month. A doula is a professional who provides emotional, physical and informational support to families during the childbearing year.
This month’s Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators honors International Doula Month with an activity that reinforces Lamaze Healthy Birth Practice #3 - Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support.
May is International Doula Month and both birth & postpartum doulas are being celebrated for the important contributions they make to maternal-infant health & the family's birth & postpartum experience. Childbirth educators play a key role in introducing expectant families to the role of the doula.
I am both a doula & childbirth educator. The roles complement each other & the training & certification I received for both helps me excel in each role. But, I’m exquisitely careful about maintaining my boundaries around providing informational support & education depending on what role I am in.
May is International Doula Month and this month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators is all about how childbirth educators can incorporate a doula and the doula's skills at useful points during a childbirth class.