A doula (pronounced doo-la) is now recognised as a woman experienced in childbirth, who offers continuous emotional and practical support to mothers and pregnant people before, during and after childbirth.  This support is non-medical in nature and will never take the place of a midwife or maternity team member.

A doula…

…respects that giving birth is one of the most life-changing experiences in a person’s life, which they will always remember

…understands the physiology of birth and emotional needs of a pregnant person in labour and will provide practical support in the form of physical comfort measures such as massage, rebozo techniques, hypnobirthing and being a constant presence at the birth until the baby is born

…helps the woman or pregnant person and their family prepare for the birth by sharing her knowledge and experiences

…has an open approach to pregnancy and childbirth.  She offers support not only to first time mums and pregnant people, but ‘any time’ mums and pregnant people, VBAC, HBAC, epidural births, home and hospital births, caesarean births, water births, assisted births, natural births, lotus births, multiple births, stillbirths, BBA – in fact any births. Your doula supports your birth.

…has undergone specialised training and will balance professionalism with the ability to be genuinely personable