- Frequently Asked Questions -
“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.”
~ Marie Mongan
When is it best to start working with you as my Doula?
Generally speaking I begin working with women during their 3rd trimester. However, this can vary. My involvement can begin in the earlier stages of pregnancy. It is really unique to when each woman, and couple, would like to begin working with me in accordance with their individual requirements.
Is a Doula the same as a Midwife?
No. A Midwife is a health professional who has been medically trained to assist women during pregnancy and childbirth. As a Doula I do not offer any medical support nor perform any clinical tests or examinations. I do offer comfort and support and can enhance communication between you and the primary health care providers you have chosen.
Do you replace my partner?
No. I am here to support both you and your partner. Your partner has a valued role to play in what is their experience too. It is my intention to help your partner become involved in the birth to the extent that he/she feels comfortable.
What types of births do you attend?
Whether you are wanting to birth at a hospital, birth centre or your home, I am available to offer my services. Whilst I believe women have the right to make their own birth choices, I do not provide my services to women who choose to free birth, because my role is to work alongside your primary care providers.
Do you make decisions on my behalf?
I don’t make decisions for you or intervene with your clinical care. I do provide informational and emotional support to help you make informed choices and then I respect whatever decision you make.