What is a Doula?
A doula is a professional birthing companion who understands and knows about pregnancy and birth. They provide personalised emotional and practical support for the whole family during the pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks in a non-judgemental way. They are not there to take the place of the partner or the midwife and are not medically trained. Their aim is to empower women to make informed choices about their maternity care.
I am there as an extra source of support in addition to your partner and the midwife. Midwives are often working with multiple labouring women. I aim to offer you continuity of care throughout your pregnancy, labour and beyond. Partners can often be nervous, as a doula I can support them on what to do to help. It is hard to see your loved one in pain and an impartial person with knowledge of birth and anatomy will make both you and your partner feel more relaxed and safe during labour.
How can a doula help?
- Research has found that support from a doula is related to…
- Reduced risk of Caesarean birth
- Reduced risk of instrumental birth
- Reduced need for painkillers or epidural during birth
- Reduced rate of induction of labour
- Shorter labour
- Increased likelihood of successfully establishing breastfeeding & breastfeeding at 6 weeks