A doula is a woman who has been trained to provide continuous, non-medical support to a woman and her partner in labor. Her skills include providing massage, encouragement, emotional support, suggesting positions, assisting mom in and out of the tub, offering ideas for how dad can support his partner, and giving dad an occasional break to eat, sleep or contact family.
At Breath of Life, the doula becomes part of the birth team and our midwives work hand-in-hand with her to provide mom and her partner the best care and comfort during their labor.
While there are many doulas to choose from in the Tampa Bay area, only a small number have become Breath of Life Certified Doulas. They completed a day-long training at the birth center to become more familiar with — and practice with — the labor tools that we have available at the birth center. Click on the graphic below for the list of Breath of Life Certified Doulas.