A doula is a trained professional who can help guide you through the labor and birth process. Many people choose to have their partner as their ‘birth coach’. However, a doula allows for the partner to have support as well. They are not there to replace your partner, but expand on the unique support your partner already offers. A doula also knows optimal positions for getting the baby to come down or change position. They are not there to catch your baby or to make medical decisions. However, they are there to remind you at the time the choices you have previously expressed. They can also help answer questions you may have about an intervention your provider has mentioned. You can visit DONA (http://www.dona.org/) or CAPPA (http://cappa.net/) to find doulas with those certifications in your area and Doula Match (http://doulamatch.net/).