What is a full-spectrum doula?
The word doula comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves women” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.” DONA International.
The above is the most common definition. An accurate definition of Full-Spectrum Doula is: A trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to women through out the full-spectrum of reproductive healthcare. This includes, but is not limited to; fertility, birth, breastfeeding, postpartum, abortion, birth control, miscarriage, still birth, c-section, adoption, surrogacy and parenthood.