What is Doula?
WHAT DOES A DOULA DO?
The doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. Their purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
The word “Doula” is a Greek word that means “woman’s servant”, though over the years it has come to mean "to serve". It's pronounced "doo-la". Doulas are a trained and experienced childbirth support person (and are often mothers themselves), and do not replace but rather works alongside your midwife or doctor. Doulas can attend your birth at a private or public hospital, and even at your home. A Doula "mothers the mother" and provides continuity of care with physical, emotional and informational support during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, to both the mother and her partner (if she has one, complimenting and reinforcing their role).
Having a Doula can ensure you have a more positive birthing outcome, including reduced rates of c-section and less need for medicated pain relief: if this is your preference, though of course, I would back you unconditionally regardless of your preferred choice. I offer this service to you from a uniquely holistic perspective.
HOW WILL A DOULA HELP ME ?
I'll be here to support you by providing information around your birthing choices and discussing your concerns, queries and fears. In your pregnancy we put together a birth plan, the power of which isn't the plan itself, rather the education to know your options. During your birth I'm there for you, to help with massage, position suggestions, breathing and sounding exercises, aromatherapy, homeopathy and craniosacral therapy.