What is a Doula?

 

What is a Doula?

A Doula provides continued support throughout pregnancy, labour and birth, as well as once baby has arrived.  A guaranteed continuity of care.

The word owes its roots to the Greek word for a ‘caregiver’ and more specifically ‘a woman’s servant’.

A Doula is non-medical – we are there to support physically, practically and emotionally. Once you are in labour with your baby, your Doula stays with you throughout. We are not midwives, and are not obliged to go ‘off shift’, we’re able to be with you at every step.

We help ensure that your decisions are informed, by ‘signposting’ you to relevant information, and by helping you decide and prepare for the kind of birth experience that YOU want.

A doula is with you every step of the way

We are advocates for you, we protect your space, and work with the whole family. We believe passionately in the right to informed choice, and that you and your birth should be respected at all times.