Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Many people believe that a woman and her baby are shaped by the birth experience they have.
It is also believed that the more support the woman has (preferably from one continuous birthing partner) the better birth she experiences which leads to a more positive effect on the lives of both mother and child. Dads benefit hugely too, as they have a much less stressful experience, relaxed in the knowledge that the woman is receiving the best possible support. As your doula, I will be your continuous birthing partner who will bring over 35 years of knowledge and experience to ensure you have the birth you want.
Care for you and your baby, being someone you can get to know and trust;
Friendship as someone who will share your journey with you;
Support by standing alongside you, your partner, midwife, family and medical professional throughout your journey;
Information in an unbiased form, in order for you to make the best choices for yourself and your baby.
Doula, ponounced doo-la, is a Greek word meaning 'woman servant or care-giver'. A doula believes in "mothering the mother" and provides:
WHAT IS A DOULA?
So what is the evidence for doulas?
Your 'baby moon' time is crucial - so postnatal support is just as important as antenatal and labour/birth support, if not even more.
I see my role as a postnatal doula as ‘mothering the mother’; I will never tell you what to do, but will be there with you to support and help you make the right choices for your family. I will be happy to explore the many different philosophies on raising children and help you to discover how you want to do things your way.
During my years as a midwife and doula, I have supported and assisted hundreds of new families in their postnatal period, easing their transition into parenthood. I have in-depth knowledge about the way in which a woman's body physically recovers from birth (be that a natural birth or with the use of forceps or vacuum and following a caesarean section). I am also acutely aware of the emotional roller coaster that most women (and men) experience in the first few weeks following the birth of a new baby.
Reduce their chances of a caesarean section by 50%
Reduce their chances of requiring an epidural by 60%
Reduce their chances of forceps delivery by 40%
Have, on average, a 25% shorter labour.
(Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 1993)
Evidence shows that the support and care of a doula increases your chances of having a natural birth – that is, one without medical or chemical intervention. Women who use the services of a doula:
Did you know...?
If you have continuous support during labour, some of the long-term benefits are:
Feeling better about your labour experience, which in turn reduces the likelihood of feeling depressed after the birth,
Having a good start as you begin breast feeding and being more likely to still be breast feeding four to six weeks after birth,
Having more confidence being a mother.