If you’re planning to deliver your baby naturally, you’re probably wondering what kind of help you’ll need. There are three types of childbirth professionals who can assist you with a natural childbirth.

Doula: The term “doula” comes from Ancient Greek and means “a woman who serves.” A doula can provide you and your family with information and physical/emotional support before, during, and after labor and delivery. Many different organizations offer certification and training to doulas.

Midwife: A midwife is a trained professional who can help with uncomplicated births. Many midwives are certified nurses or RN’s, and many women’s health care practices now include midwives.

Birth coach: A birth coach can help you plan for and experience natural childbirth. Birth coaches are certified through a range of organizations.

With this many options from which to choose, you’ll have no trouble finding the right labor assistant. Good luck with your birth!

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Katie Ginder-Vogel is a freelance writer and editor based in Madison, WI. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from Stanford University. An avid runner, hiker, and swimmer, Katie writes regularly about health and wellness. She has two children and a dog, who keep her company on the trail, on the road, and in the pool.