Doula 101

The Esali Birth Doula 101 section compiles midwife and doula tips for prenatal wellness, comfort during labor, and supporting physiologic labor progression.  It is important to keep in mind that a woman's body will instinctively move and get into the positions that are likely best for her baby when mom and baby are healthy, nourished, hydrated, and rested.  These positions can give you ideas of what is normal, but they should not replace instincts for a physiologically-progessing labor.  Instead, use these as a guide for labor variations and to help prevent exhaustion or abnormal discomfort so that physiology can be restored where possible.  If you're a dad, birth partner, or doula this section is great for adding to your labor bag skills.  Browse the videos and descriptions here for empowering information during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.  If you have any questions about any of the techniques or would like a live (in-person or virtual) session to perfect these activities, reach out at


Implement relaxation and intentional activities in pregnancy for overall wellness, optimal fetal positioning, and understanding how your choices impact your perinatal experience.

Learn rebozo techniques to comfort mom and support natural labor progression during labor.

Troubleshoot slow or difficult labor patterns with support methods and active labor positions.

Reduce doula costs by learning traditional comfort and labor progression methods.