What is a Birth Attendant or Doula?
An experienced birth attendant acts as a stable and normalising presence during your labour and birth. Your birth attendant will provide you with the emotional and psychological support to guide you through. They can help you negotiate the unfamiliar and sometimes daunting territory of labouring and extend your resources for achieving your birthing goals.
Your birth attendant provides non-medical support to help you through the challenges of birth. All provide skilled physical and emotional support and each brings different capabilities and personal qualities so you can choose just the right combination of skills and personality to suit you and your partner.
What are the benefits of having a Birth Attendant?
In a review designed to assess the benefits of Continuous Support for Women in Childbirth, the main results showed that women who received continuous labour support:
Earlier research show similar findings. Following their review of this evidence Klaus, Kennell and Klaus (1993) itemised the positive effects of birth attendant care as:
What does the Fertile Ground Health Group Birth Attendant Service offer you?
Our birth attendants can complement your birth team, providing continuous experienced support and information to enhance your birthing potential. Their services include: