What is a Birth Doula: Do You Need One?

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Many expectant parents find themselves Googling, “What is a birth doula?” It’s an important question as you consider all of your options. Using a doula is one excellent option when preparing to give birth.

So what is a birth doula exactly?

A birth doula is a non-medical support person who supports birthing people. They offer emotional, physical, and spiritual support. As a result, it lowers your risk of a cesarean section by more than a third. Their presence also increases positive birth experiences, as well as maternal and infant outcomes.

Birth doulas support you and your partner through pregnancy. This includes the big day your baby arrives and in early postpartum days. In addition, they support all of your choices. There is no judgement, only support. Doulas make your voice the loudest in the birthing room. In this way, they make sure there is informed consent, respected decision making, and thoughtful care. 

Who Birth Doulas Support

In addition, Birth doulas support the birth companion. They share knowledge, plant seeds of confidence, and support the partner’s needs during labor. Your doula doesn’t replace your partner. Rather, they work with them. Partners need support, too! 

Benefits of a Doula

Finally, research shows that there are only positive outcomes when hiring a birth doula. Now you can confidently answer, “What is a birth doula?” A doula allows you to feel supported, heard, and empowered during your pregnancy. Find a birth doula that fits your needs to achieve a positive birth experience.


Aly Romot is a DONA International certified birth doula and HypnoBirthing Certified Educator. She supports birthing people and their partners in Columbus and all of Central Ohio. You can get in touch with Aly through her website www.MindBodyBabyColumbus.com or IG account @mindbodybaby_columbus. 

Aly says, “I’m there to offer you physical, emotional, and spiritual support through pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum.” Aly will empower you to make decisions for yourself and your baby. She will support all your birth preferences, goals, and decisions. Aly shares techniques with you and your birth companions so they feel confident supporting you. “I am a source of evidence-based labor and birth information. I am a Certified Doula through DONA International.”

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