BY JANET ZIMMERMAN
The Doulas Association of Southern California is hosting two free, informational events in the Inland area this week to educate women about the benefits of using an assistant in childbirth and afterward.
A doula is a woman who accompanies a new mother through birth and the postpartum period, offering emotional support, physical comfort, assistance and non-medical care.
The first event will be held Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m. at the Louis Robidoux Library, 5840 Mission Blvd., Riverside.
The second event will be Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. Sixth St., San Bernardino.
They will include a film on the role of a doula in childbirth, presentations by doulas and parents who have used their services, and a question and answer session.
The group says doulas improve the physiological, social, emotional and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period.
For more information, go online at http://dascdoulas.org/whatis.htm or call Kathie Neff at 951-203-9560.