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.
…respects that giving birth is one of the most life-changing experiences in your life, which you will always remember
…understands the physiology of birth and your emotional needs 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 your baby is born
…helps you and your family to prepare for your birth by sharing her knowledge and experiences
…has an open approach to pregnancy and childbirth. She offers support not only to those birthing for the first time, 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, freebirths, 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