What is a doula?
A doula is a labor support person who has been trained to offer guidance and support to a woman throughout her pregnancy and labor.
How can a doula help me?
Women who hope to have a natural birth are most likely to find a doula beneficial. Your doula is there to support you in all aspects of planning for the birth of your baby from support your decision to go natural to discussing alternative pain relief methods.
How is employing a doula more beneficial than relying on a hospital midwife?
- Your doula will remain consistent throughout your pregnancy
- Your doula will be fully qualified to offer advice regarding your birthing plan, your labour and answer any breast-feeding queries you may have.
- Your doula will meet you in your own home and help you through the early stages of labour before helping you to transition into the hospital.
- Your doula will offer couple-specific advice on what to take in your hospital bag and help you pack it a few weeks in advance.
- Consistent advice from one source is always the best. Many mothers who have questions about their labour consult a wide variety of sources and end up feeling confused about the information they have received. Everyone who works with babies or has children quite rightly considers themselves a pro but there are plenty of ways to achieve this standard.
What will my doula do for me during my labour?
Your doula will offer physical support, rubbing your back, massaging
your legs, helping you to take a shower, and helping you to generally
relax. Your Doula can also help you to understand what is happening
during your birth, particularly if you are birthing in a hospital. The Doulas
role is to complement the husband and to help pick up the slack if he is
feeling the pressure of the clinical situation.
Immediately after delivery, the doula can help you to begin breastfeeding. She can show you how to hold the baby and how to relax so that you can enjoy this important time right after delivery. She'll come to check on you a number of times after the delivery and in your own home can answer questions about nursing, the baby's health, and your own recovery.
What are the bottom line benefits of having a doula?
Studies have found that women who hire a doula experience 25%
shorter labors, a 60% reduction in the request for an epidural, and
a 30% reduction in the need for forceps. Research also shows that
women who had a doula have less anxiety and more confidence with
their baby six weeks after delivery. If you are considering a natural
birth, hiring a doula can really help to take the pressure off your partner
alleviating the pressure for them creating a smoother, gentler birthing
experience. If you are considering accessing our doula service please
contact us direct to discuss your individual needs.
Doula – initial meeting and consultation free and no obligation – just a chat to see if we get along. If we like each other and choose to proceed
Doula Package - £850
3 ante-natal visits (the partner must be present at at least 1) - hospital ward visits can also be added to this at no extra charge if the woman would like her doula to accompany her on these.
1 – 2 post-natal visitis (mothers choice – she doesn’t need these if she is happy going solo)
Doula / maternity nurse consultations - £40 for the hour
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