What is a doula?

“Doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a servant”.   Today, it describes an experienced professional who is knowledgeable about the birth process and provides support to a birthing parent and their family before, during, and after the birth.

Doula Dawn provides expectant families with continuous emotional, physical, and resource support throughout the entire birth journey.   She helps birthing parents and their partners develop a birth or advocacy plan that reflects their wishes for labour and birth.

Doula Dawn helps you to feel calm and confident as you prepare for labour, birth, and the transition to life with a new baby. Providing you with professional care that offers:

  • compassionate birth support and comfort measures
  • practical, hands-on help
  • non-judgemental support of your birth, feeding, and parenting choices

A Doula does not:

  • replace midwives or doctors
  • prescribe treatment or perform medical tasks (such as monitoring the baby’s heartbeat or taking vital signs)
  • speak for the birthing parent or family


How can a doula help after the birth?

A doula can help your family transition into life with your new baby. She listens and helps you find answers to the questions you have as a new parent.  Doulas are a great source of community resources and can link you to the information you need.

Postpartum care includes meeting the basic needs of new parents so they have more energy to bond with their baby. This can range from support in breastfeeding and sibling care to light housekeeping and meal preparation.  A postpartum doula helps to create an environment that is calm and peaceful where the family can be nurtured.