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What is a doula for pregnancy and childbirth?

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A doula is a person who specializes in helping families through the childbearing year. They don't provide any clinical care, so they do not replace your obstetrician.

A doula can help you find the appropriate childbirth class, learn birthing techniques, and more.

Most will come to your home and help you while you're in labor before you're ready to go to the hospital or birth center. When you're ready to leave they'll go with you or follow in another car.

SOURCES: March of Dimes: ''Choosing your prenatal care provider;'' ''Birth plan.'' Kids Health (Nemours) web site: ''Birth Centers and Hospital Maternity Services.'' 

 

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on September 18, 2016

SOURCES: March of Dimes: ''Choosing your prenatal care provider;'' ''Birth plan.'' Kids Health (Nemours) web site: ''Birth Centers and Hospital Maternity Services.'' 

 

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on September 18, 2016

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