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A Doula’s Role

A Birth Doula assists in communicating with caregivers, supporting the decisions you set out in your birth plan and those you make as labour progresses.  The doula never makes decisions on your behalf or speaks for you to your caregivers.  A doula acts as like a reference book for the birthing couple providing information on hospital options, possible benefits, risks and alternatives.  As well, she can act as a sounding board while couples make their own decisions.

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Find Your Doula

The purpose of this web-site is to provide a place where parents can access information about doulas and breastfeeding support in the Greater Victoria area.  A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth, who provides strength, knowledge and comfort to the birthing woman during her pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

On this website, we list both birth and postpartum doulas.  To learn the differences, please refer to the page entitled A Doula’s Role.

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Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding can be a beautiful experience for mother and child, but sometimes help is needed to get things off to the right start.  Having someone to provide support and answer your questions can be invaluable.

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Please Note:  When hiring a doula, it is the consumer's responsibility to check the doula's training, experience and/or certification.  The right to practice as a doula is not restricted by law, the way being a doctor or a midwife is.  Not all doulas are trained or certified but they may still be experienced and offer valuable support.  The Greater Victoria Doula Directory is not a partnership, it acts only as a source of information.  Each doula listed on this site is a sole proprietor.