Doulas are professional birth coaches who provide emotional, informational, physical and mental support to women during the prenatal, birth and postpartum periods. Doulas do not provide medical care as they are not medical professionals and do not take the place of your doctor or midwife. However they are extraordinarily knowledgeable about childbirth. Their major role is to provide necessary support to the mother leading up to and during childbirth. There are also specific types of doulas, such as Antepartum Doulas who assist women who are having a high-risk pregnancy or are on bed rest during pregnancy and Postpartum Doulas who assist women during the postpartum periods.