What is a Doula?

What are the benefits of a doula?

With a growing number of women moving away from their extended family for work or other commitments, there is a need for additional support at this special time.
As your doula, my role is to take you under my wing and ‘mother the mother’.

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I’ll help you to prepare for delivery whilst empowering you to communicate your wishes and beliefs to other health care professionals. Working with you, for you.
I can assist you with breathing techniques, relaxation, positioning and massaging, whilst supporting any other birth partners. Following delivery, I can be there to support your transition to home.

There is a wealth of scientific research which demonstrates the effectiveness of a doula being involved in your care.

In a review of research it was concluded that having continuous support reduces the need for interventions such as caesarean section, forceps and ventuse and increases spontaneous vaginal delivery rates.
(Hodnett et al 2012, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed/23076901).

Furthermore labouring women with doula support are less likely to request pain medication, have shorter deliveries and importantly their babies are less likely to have low Apgar scores.
(Campbell et al 2006 ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed/16881989)

It was found that women who used a doula were four times less likely to have a baby with a low birth rate, two times less likely to have birth complications and more likely to initiate breast feeding.
(Gruber et al 2013 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pmc/articles/PMC3647727/)