The Role and Scope of Birth Doula Practice

Bonita Katz, IAT, ICCE, ICD and Kelli Barr-Lyles

The concept of companionship during labor is well-documented from ancient times to the present. Today research overwhelmingly confirms that the presence of someone trained in labor support (a birth doula) benefits the laboring woman and her family in many ways. The International Childbirth Education Association recognizes the role of birth doulas as vital members of the health care team for childbearing women and their families.

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