What is a Doula?
What Doulas don't do?
The Greek word Doula means, “one who mothers the mother.” A doula loves, nurtures and protects birthing people and their families by providing informational, physical, and emotional support. Doulas help to reduce anxiety, emotionally holding the space, enabling birthing people to relax, let go and allow their body to do what it instinctively needs to.
Doulas today restore the traditions of women circles, supporting birthing people in childbirth and the postpartum period. Doulas recognize, a mother who is nurtured and loved, bonds effortlessly and deeply with the baby which protects future generations to love and trust in one another.
“Being a doula is the loving art of mothering the new mother and supporting the family. Traditionally women were cared for in the loving arms of the women of their own families and tribes as they made the miraculous journey, of bringing a baby to earth.” – Quote by Robin Lim
Doulas aren’t medically trained, nor are they intended to replace the role of a doctor or midwife. Their sole purpose is to provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support, through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. A doula doesn’t make decisions for you; they talk through the different choices and options that you have so that you feel like an active participant in the baby’s birth, and not something that has ‘happened’ to you. If you don’t understand your options, you don’t have choices.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any” Quote by Alice Walker.
What I do as a Doula?
Support varies from birth to birth and parent to parent, offering a parent centred approach with up-to-date unbiased information, bringing the knowledge to parents from trusted and evidence-based resources, supporting them to advocate for themselves.
Providing, the emotional support and comfort to you, to feel in control and empowered and support you to have a fear free birth. I’m a soothing voice of encouragement, supporting you to feel comfortable and calm during labour using different labour positions, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques whether, you are labouring at home, in a midwifery-led unit or in hospital.
Why hire a Doula?