The word 'doula' comes from ancient Greece and translated means 'servant'.  A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a birthing woman before, during and after her labor.

A childbirth educator prepares women and their partners for childbirth and life with a newborn by providing information concerning the stages of pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, newborn care, and postpartum care.