"The original word 'doula' comes from the greek word for the most important female worker in an ancient greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to a woman experienced in childbirth who provides contiuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth."
Books We Recommend
Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions About Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, Hospital Births
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, The Complete Guide
The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth