"As a doula I provide informational, emotional, and physical support for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum."
Yes, technically, that is the most succinct way to describe what we do. But what does that really look like? When you hire a doula, what is that going to do for you? Will you feel more prepared to face the intensity of birth? (Probably.) Will they make the pain, fear, or stress go away? (No, but you will know how to manage them.) Will they really be there for the times you can't yet foresee that you'll need a completely new person in your life to consult? (Absolutely.)
Here's what you can expect when you hire a doula: