Doulas are pretty trendy these days, but have been around as long as women have been giving birth.
A doula is a trained companion who supports individuals through health-related experiences, such as childbirth. Doulas also provide on-going emotional, physical, and educational support. A doula does not replace your partner or support person, instead we provide knowledge and support to prepare everyone before, during, and after the birth of your child. Women have always relied on women to help assist with birth and caring for children; the need for a doula in no way replaces the need for the partner or support person.