What's a birth doula?
A trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a birthing person before, during and shortly after childbirth to help achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
A doula will provide continuous care no matter how you plan to birth. The added support is in addition to your support people and provides benefits that include optimal birth outcomes.
Although the popularly desired outcome is 'healthy mother, healthy baby,' I think there is room in that equation for 'happy non-traumatized, empowered, and elated mother and baby.'
-Ashley Booth Young