Doula

What is a doula?

A doula provides continuous support for the whole family through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood. Filling a role that new mothers and families have always needed, a doula is there to listen, give confidence and not judge. Offering flexible, practical and emotional support we work in women’s own homes as well as in hospitals throughout the UK. Doulas are usually experienced women who have completed some basic training. Doulas do not offer clinical skills and are not medically trained.

Why hire a doula?

There is good evidence that continuous one-to-one support from an additional birth companion increases the chance of a woman having a more satisfying and straightforward birth. It is also known that a woman’s experience during labour has a profound effect on how she feels about being a mother.

Research has shown that having a doula present at a birth:
Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours.
Decreases the chance of a caesarean section by 50%.
Decreases the need for pain medication.
Helps fathers participate with confidence.
Increases success in breastfeeding.
Reduces the incidence of postnatal depression.

                                                                                                 Klaus, Kennell & Klaus (1993); Goldbort (2002)