Why do I need a Doula ?
The experience of pregnancy and birth has evolved over the years, especially in today’s modern era. Today birth and postnatal support is less ingrained in our culture. Years ago, our own child's birth would not have been the first birth we experienced. We would have had our Mum’s aunties, sisters as our doulas to help during and after birth. We have so much fear around the unknowns of birth and the first few months with our baby, as many of us do not live near our families. Birth has become more reliant on hospitals and the NHS, who do not always provide a consistent approach.
Todays Mum’s are juggling work, social and family life, and time is very precious. I believe the need for caring, sensitive and knowledgeable support during this time is becoming more and more vital. Every pregnancy, birth and first few months following birth is different, and as a Doula, I feel honored to be able to contribute my expertise to make your experience an empowering positive experience.
We invest time and money in holiday’s, weddings, cars…..so why not in a doula? No matter how many children you have, each of their births is something you will remember for the rest of your life, so invest the time and money to ensure each one is the best it can be!
“But can’t my Partner provide everything I need?”
Your Partner does not provide the experience and detachment a doula provides, which makes a big difference. The knowledge of a doula to reassure you both that everything is going well, advise “we do not need to go to the hospital yet”, explain what is happening and discuss all available options, is invaluable.
A doula will also provide help and support to your Partner, who may also feel nervous and overwhelmed. They will feel more confident and empowered with a doula by their side.
Every doula also has their own bag of magic tricks they can call up upon! Whether that be aromatherapy, massage, rebozo etc.
By having a doula by your side, you :
Increase your chance of a shorter birth
Increase the chance of spontaneous vaginal birth
Decrease the risk of medical intervention
Decrease risk of cesarian