Doulas provide a woman with continuous physical and emotional support before, during and just after childbirth.
"Doula" (pronounced "doola") is a Greek word meaning "woman servant or caregiver". It now refers to an experienced woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth. A doula believes in mothering the mother - enabling a woman to have the most satisfying and empowered time that she can during pregnancy, birth and the early days as a new mum. This type of support also helps the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience.
RESEARCH has shown that having a doula present at a birth
Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours
Decreased need for oxytocin to speed up labour
Forceps deliveries reduced by 40%
Decreases the chance of caesarean section by 50%
Decreases the need for pain medication
60% reduction in request for an epidural
Helps fathers participate with confidence
Increases success in breast-feeding
Mothers who have a doula present rate the birth as less difficult and painful than women not supported by a doula. In other words the labour may shorter, easier, with less likelihood of physical complications for mother and baby, and a much happy time for all involved.
A Doulas role may include-
Understanding the physical and emotional demands on a woman during labour. Supporting her in following a birth plan. Staying with the woman throughout the labour (her help may begin while the woman starts labour at home. Once in the hospital, midwives and other staff may change shifts or look after more than one woman). Offer an independent objective view when decisions have to be made. Help communicate with medical staff and find the information the woman needs. Help with pain relief and provide massage.
As a Doula I provide: Prenatal Support • individualised birth preparation sessions tailor-made specifically to meet your needs on a one-to-one basis; can include assistance with your birth plan and information on positioning and relaxation. •Labour and Birth Support: includes 2 antenatal / 1 postnatal visit and continuous presence throughout labour until after the birth. Postnatal Support • breastfeeding support, a listening ear and care of your baby while you sleep or relax in the bath
COSTS Costs depend on your requirements. A Birth package (2 antenatal visits the birth and 1 postnatal visit) usually costs £500 but actual costs depend on your circumstances. Please contact me for further details.
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