What is a doula?
A doula is a fully trained non-medical professional who provides emotional and physical support to a woman, her partner and their baby before, during and after childbirth, to facilitate the best possible birth experience.
Doulas usually meet with a woman and her partner during pregnancy to help them to prepare for childbirth, get to know each other and create a bond and safe space.
Doula: meaning and explanation
The word ‘doula’ comes from a Greek word meaning “woman’s servant”. Doulas help and re-create the village we all crave, that supportive network to strive as new parents, especially important in big cities, far from family or when living overseas. Doulas most important role is to mother the mother.
Birth doula: your best ally for a calm birth
Statistically it has been shown that to have a doula attend a birth there has been an overall general reduction in caesarean and epidural rates. Many families also report a more empowered birthing experience and happier birth outcomes. One of the doula’s aims is to help remove any fear associated with birthing and to remind women that their bodies are completely and perfectly equipped to birth.
Doulas mostly focusses on breathing techniques, setting up a space that make the mother feel safe and comfortable, massages, pressure points and a lot of positive affirmation and birthing tracks. With a doula by your side you will have a strong motherly connection that will make you feel empowered for a beautiful birth.
Postpartum Doula: post-natal nurturing services
Postpartum doulas support the new mothers in the days immediately following the birth, up to 3-4 months postpartum. A postpartum doula will come to your house and will ensure that the new mother has time for herself.
The doula can help with simple things – simple yet crucial – like having time to take a shower or a nap, light meals preparation or laundry chores. The doula can be more of an emotional support to help process the birth experience. She can also assist the new parents with newborn feeding, newborn care and baby wearing.
Put it simply, postpartum doulas ease the transition to life with a newborn and into parenthood.