When it comes to pregnancy, birth and postpartum, there is no official guidance system. No voice will pop up in the labour ward to tell you what’s happening next or where to go from here. It’s all new and there is no map that fits you and your families needs and wishes.
Hang on, maybe there is!
A Doula’s voice guides you and your partner through the process. We can tell you what’s normal, we are present with evidence-based information and hold space for you if you need it. We support you through your emotions and your physical needs. We are your guidance system and your encyclopedia for everything you need to know but never thought of asking before.
If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.
- John H. Kennell, MD -
The decision to hire a Doula is a great opportunity to find out about yourself
A Doula will listen to you and help you to figure out what you and your partner really want. What works for your family and your lifestyle? Take the time to really think about what feels right for you, independent from well meant advices everyone is so happy to throw at you at any given time! How you give birth will change your life and it should be your choice and yours alone.
Birth Doulas DO NOT replace the spouse/partner at a birth
Doulas are there to support not only the labouring woman but also the people chosen to be at the birth. Birth partners can feel quite anxious and helpless - it doesn’t have to be that way though! One of the things we do best is teaching your partner how to take care of you.
Doulas DO NOT only support home births
Doulas support families in whatever birth is right for them, whether this is a scheduled caesarean birth, VBAC, induction, birth with epidural or other pain relief or birth without intervention. Wherever your journey to parenthood takes you, we are by your side and fully support you and your decisions, without any judgement.
Women who receive continuous support by a Birth Doula have shorter labours
According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), collected data suggests that one of the most effective tools to improve birth outcomes is continuity of care which is exactly what a Doula provides. Did you know that, on average, hiring a doula shortens labout by about 40 minutes and babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth?
Doulas DO NOT make decisions for you
It is your pregnancy, your birth and your baby. We stand for your right to make the decision that is correct for you and your family and meet you where you’re at. We provide you with all the information you require to make well informed decisions that suit you, your family and your situation.
Doulas are your safety net
We hold space for you and your partner, we support you through every emotional and physical situation. We are a continuous presence when your midwife goes off shift or your partner needs a break.
Doulas can massage shoulders without pinching
Birth Doulas are trained not only to provide both you and your partner with comfort measures during labour, we can also teach your birth partner how to best assist you! And who doesn’t like a relaxing foot rub?
Birth Doulas are on call for you
From 37 weeks, we are ready to jump out of bed, leave a party or whatever other event and run to you the minute you need us, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Doulas have seen it all before
Birth is wild! And it’s normal. Amniotic fluid, poo, whatever else - it doesn’t faze us and it certainly doesn’t need to be a concern for you.
Doulas are NOT in competition with your healthcare provider
Doulas are not medical professionals, we do not replace your midwife or your consultant and have no desire to do so. As your Doula, it is my passion to support you physically, emotionally, educationally and practically. I provide you with comfort measures, I listen, I enable your strength, I ensure that you can speak for yourself and ask the right questions. I work alongside medical staff to ensure that you get to make the decisions that are best for you, your baby and your family.