What is a doula? "Doula" (pronounced "doola") is a Greek word meaning "woman servant or caregiver". Nowadays its known as an experienced woman who offers continuous emotional and practical support to a mother to be (and her partner) before, during and after childbirth.
A doula believes in “mothering the mother” - enabling a woman to have the most fulfilling and empowered journey that she can during pregnancy, birth and the early days as a new mum.
This type of support also helps the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience.
Proven research shows that having constant support from a Doula at the initial stages of labour can effect:
25% shorter labours
30% decrease in pain relief
40% decrease in oxytocin use
40% decrease in forceps
50% decrease in caesarean sections
60% decrease in epidural requests
Before your baby is born, and in the weeks or months before you give birth to your baby, a doula supports you antenatally in the preparation of your birth, wherever and however you choose to have your baby, whether it’s at home, in a birth centre or in a hospital – with or without medical intervention.
During your birth a doula will be there to offer help and reassurance in making you feel safe and comfortable e.g. relaxation techniques, positions, movements and breathing, and to encourage your partner to support you with this, too.
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The primary focus of the postnatal doula is to help you and your new family at home after the birth, for the first few weeks.
After the birth of your baby, a doula will offer some postnatal visits to support mum (and partner) settling in with your new baby.
You may wish to have a postnatal doula for a period after your baby is born, to support you as you enter motherhood and family life.
Emotional and practical support is tailored made to suit your needs whether it is helping with feeding your baby, breastfeeding or bottle feeding, help with other siblings, to allow you to rest - or just to take a shower!
You also may need help with a few household duties whilst you’re with your baby.
Practical assistance can include helping around the house – perhaps a hand with the laundry, cooking or generally keeping on top of the tidying up.
Postnatal support can include:
- Allowing mother/carer to nap!
- Providing breast and bottle-feeding support and education.
- Listening and emotional support.
- Knowledge-base for everyday care answers.
- Making tea, coffee and hot drinks to ensure mum stays hydrated and cared for.
- Making lunch/dinner – it’s so easy to forget to feed yourself at this stage!
If you would like further information then please contact me.