A doula's support
What do doulas do?
Well, that is a long list of things so maybe we should start with what we don't do.
We don't take your partners place.
Instead, we work with your partner to support you in whatever way you need us to. We also support them too. This is an important, life changing journey for both of you. We never replace, we are a wonderful addition.
We don't only support 'natural' births.
As your doula, we support your choices no matter where or how you decide to give birth. We care that you are able to make informed choices and will be at your side whether you birth in hospital or at home, with all the drugs or in a pool.
We don't replace your midwife.
And a midwife does not replace a doula. Instead we play different roles in supporting your needs. While a midwife will focus on your medical needs, a doula will be there continuously to support your emotional and physical wellbeing.
We don't only support breastfeeding.
When it come to feeding, informed and fed is best. Knowing that you have of the info, support and freedom to make a decision that works for you and your baby, is what really matters to us. We support your choices.
A doula supports your individual needs so the support they give is different for everyone. But every doula will listen to you and give you time and a non judgemental space to talk about how you feel. Sometimes this is all we do and it is often the thing that matters to clients the most.
We have also been know to cook, clean, fill birth pools, offer massage, take the dog for a walk, take the baby for a walk, make cups of tea, put the washing on, take the washing out and always remind you how amazing you are!
Did you know...
That having continuous support during labour can have a positive effect on the mother and the outcome of the birth
The continuous support of a doula reduces the risk of having a Caesarean section by 39%
Doula support led to a 15% increase in the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth
Continuous support throughout labour can decrease the risk of dissatisfaction in the birth experience by 31%
Doula support also decreased the length of labour by an average of 41 minutes
Evidence taken from Cochrane Review updated and published by Megan A Bohren et al in 2017.
"Women should be permitted and encouraged to have a birth partner present with them in their labour and during birth. Having a trusted birth partner present throughout labour is known to make a significant difference to the safety and well-being of women in childbirth. A single, asymptomatic birth partner should be permitted to stay with the woman, at a minimum, through pregnancy and birth, unless the birth occurs under general anaesthetic. Additional restrictions, such as limiting the number of birth partners to one, restricting any visitors to antenatal or postnatal wards, and preventing swapping and postnatal visitors, should follow hospital policy."
The Importance of Continuous Birth Support
Guidelines from The Royal College of Midwives