The Birth doula and why you need one?

A birth doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is experiencing labor or has recently given birth. The doula usually begins her relationship with the mother a few weeks to months in advance of the birth. The doula works with the mother and her partner to formulate a birth plan. They provide prenatal, birth and immediate/short term postpartum support to the mother and family.