When you are introduced to someone new, there are a topics that seem to come up. Are you married? Do you have kids? Where do you work? When I first became a doula, this last question gave me gave me anxiety because I would say, “I am a doula,” and it would always be met with, “what is a doula?” or, “a doula? That’s like a midwife, right?” Now, I have been a doula many years. The questions are the same but I know what to say.
So what does a doula do? The best catch all description I have for doulas is, they are the MacGyver’s of the birth world.