When families contact us, sometimes they are asking for a night nurse, night nanny, or an overnight nurse. They hear terms from their friends or family and aren’t really certain what they mean exactly. They have a general understanding that they are looking for an overnight support person who helps with newborn care while the parents get some rest.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a trained professional who provides support and guidance to people during significant health-related experiences. The word “doula” comes from the Greek word doulē, which means “female helper.” At New England Doula Support, our doulas are all heart. We receive training and certification from internationally recognized organizations such as CAPPA or DONA to ensure we are incorporating up to date, evidence-based information into our day to day practice with families. At NEDS, helping is at the core of who we are both individually and as an organization.
We currently provide two types of doula support – labor and postpartum.