- What is a Doula? -
The term Doula
comes from the ancient Greek word for a woman who personally serves another, a “woman’s servant”.
A Doula is an experienced birth companion who provides continuous, non-medical, care throughout pregnancy, labour and following childbirth. With her nurturing and affirming presence she offers reassurance, emotional support and practical suggestions to both the mother and her partner.
She also provides information to aid in decision making and is there to help parents understand their choices in childbirth.
Whilst a Doula works alongside your primary care providers she is hired personally by women and their families.
Families often comment on how the continuity of care made a difference in their experience, where they could relax knowing that someone familiar, who knew them and their wishes, would be constant even as hospital shifts and staff changed. Other families often comment on how it was valuable to have an ally that helped them navigate the unique challenges, growth and choices that unfolded on their childbirth journey.