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Doula Services

What is a Doula?

A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during and after childbirth, to provide emotional and physical support if needed.

 

They may also provide support to the mother’s partner and family. 

This is the wikipedia definition of a doula, although its correct, there’s a lot more to being a doula. Personally I don’t think it can be defined in one way, but hopefully the information below will give you an idea of how I can help.

 

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Why hire a Doula?

BIRTH DOULA

  • Continuity of support through pregnancy, birth and postnatally

  • Support at home during earlier labour

  • Support for birth partner

  • Lower risk of caesarean births by up to 39%

  • Increased likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal delivery by up to 15%

  • Lower risk of instrumental birth

  • Less need for pain relief and medication by up to 10%

  • Lower rate of induction of birth

  • Increased chance of a satisfying birth experience by 31%

  • Shorter labour by about 41 minutes

  • Higher success rate for establishing breastfeeding

  • Continuing support at home after the baby is born

  • 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low 5 minute APGAR score 

  • A doula comes with a wealth of knowledge and will provide evidence-based facts

 

 

POSTNATAL DOULA

  • Continuity of care; a familiar friendly face amongst all the different health care professionals.

  • Flexible support as and when needed.

  • Emotional support for any feelings of birth trauma or adjusting to this change in life.

  • Lowers the risk of postnatal depression and anxiety

  • Feeding support (breastfeeding or formula feeding)

  • Proven to increase the length of sustaining breastfeeding

  • Someone to talk to, who actively listens.

  • Perfect if you need an extra pair of hands around the house.

  • Can be extra helpful if you’ve had a caesarean birth and need to take it very easy.

  • Evidence based information and signposting is always available.

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