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As a Founding Member of the Doulas of North America (DONA) and as Ohio Pediatrician of the Year, many credit Dr.
Being a doula is one way I own my feminist identity and act upon the sense of responsibility I feel towards addressing reproductive health.
The author, Julie Brill, is an experienced doula and offers her inspiration for the book: “As doulas we have the opportunity to be there at the beginning, to literally fix it before it's broken, one mother, one baby, one family at a time.
A community-based doula is a woman of and from the same community who provides emotional and physical support to a woman during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the first months of parenting, through home visits and center-based activities.
A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who is specially trained to provide various kinds of support for the mother before, during and after the birth.
The role of the doula is to be with her at all times during labour, help and support her, and do her best to make sure that the mother has the kind of birth she wants.
Warrant officer Kleanthis Kleanthous who was later killed by the explosion joined him, and Doulas recorded Kleanthous' conversations with two other subsequent victims, the commander of the navy, captain Andreas Ioannides and base commander Lambros Lambrou.
Whilst some of the included papers are due to the increased scope of this review to include doulas as maternity-specific complementary therapists, 7 of the included articles were published between 2008 and 2010.
The doulas provide comfort and companionship to those patients who do not have family support, who feel lonely or abandoned, or whose caregivers are exhausted and desire respite.
Cathy Ranson of campaign group Netmums said: "More and more women are choosing to use an independent midwife or doula.