The concept of a birth doula is sooooo old…. A woman, usually experienced in birth herself, accompanies you through labour offering continuous support to the mother and father, offering practical care, loving kindness and a hand to hold.
She provides a comforting presence, is full of sensitive attention and knows exactly what the labouring woman is going through. Along with this she acts as a liaison between hospital staff and the birth family and provides one to one care that the hospital staff/midwives/doctors may not be able to provide.
Did you know that by having a doula it can:
- Shorten first time labours by 25%
- Decrease the chance of Caesarean rate by 50%
- Reduce epidural requests by 60%
- Reduce forceps delivery by 40%
- Decrease the need for pain medication or intervention
- Help fathers take part with more confidence
- Increase successful breastfeeding
As your birth doula, I’ll be there creating and holding a space so you can find your own rhythm, your inner core so you can birth the way you want to and need to. I’ll encourage you to connect deeply and birth with your deepest instincts.
I’ll be there whispering positive things to you, holding your hand or massaging, dancing or singing you if you wish:) I’ll be there with my flannel cooling you down and reminding you that every surge is one step closer to meeting your baby or I’ll just be silently present and leave you to birth knowing that I’m there if you need me.
I’ll enhance communication and understanding with you and the doctors, midwives and nurses but I won’t take the the place of your spouse or midwife, thus creating the perfect support team for you.
I’ll come to you when you’re in active labour (3-4cm dilated) and stay with you throughout, supporting and empowering you in any way I can. For more info on my birth services, take a look here.