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Doulas Message Board
What is a doula? Also called a childbirth or labor assistant, a labor doula (from the Greek word meaning "woman caregiver") is a trained woman who will stay with you throughout labor and birth. A labor doula "mothers the mother," that is, she does anything and everything a loving mother who is knowledgeable about childbirth would do. They don't participate in any of the medical aspects of your care. On the Doula message board, you can learn more about doulas. Ask questions, get advice and find out it this option is right for you.

If you've never participated in message board before, you'll be surprised by how easy it is to get answers to your questions from experienced moms. You don't need to be an iVillage member to read messages, but if you want to post, just click on the "join now" link at the very top right hand corner of the message board page. Membership is free and it just takes a few minutes to sign up.

Resources for Doulas

-- Considering a Labor Doula?
-- Why Use a Doula
-- Birth Doulas Make a Difference
-- Find a Doula
-- How to Become a Birth Doula
-- How to Become a Postpartum Doula

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