A doula is a woman with experience in the subject of motherhood without specific training, which provides physical and emotional support to women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. The main mission of a doula is to give women a positive information of the process that awaits since become pregnant and it is especially useful for new mothers.
Traditionally this function was assumed by experienced women of the family who gave physical and emotional support to new mothers, usually mothers were advising their pregnant daughters but society has changed a lot, in many cases the family is no longer close by and we have less time to share with others.
The doulas arise in parallel groups of breastfeeding support and promote a process of natural motherhood but trying to avoid the medicalization of childbirth and promoting breastfeeding.
The doulas try to avoid cesarean sections, epidurals, the oxytocin, forceps and generally any intervention during childbirth that is not essential.