An experienced birth attendant/doula acts as a stable and normalising presence during your labour and birth. They will provide you with emotional and psychological support to guide you through the process. They can help you navigate the unfamiliar and sometimes daunting territory of labouring and extend your strength for achieving your birthing goals.
Our birth attendants/doulas provide non-medical support to help you through the challenges of birth. All doulas provide skilled physical and emotional support to the table. They also bring different capabilities and personal qualities so you can choose the right combination of skills and personality to suit you (and your partner).
In a 2017 Cochrane review designed to assess the benefits of Continuous Support for Women in Childbirth, the main results showed that women who received continuous labour support:
Further to these outcomes, the babies also benefited from continuous support:
Earlier research showed similar findings. Klaus and Kennell (1991) itemised the positive effects of birth attendant care as follows:
Other randomised control trials suggest continuous support in labour by a doula significantly shortens the length of labour (Campbell, Lake et. al J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs 2006) and another showed that the continuous presence of a doula alongside their male partner significantly decreased the likelihood of caesarean delivery and reduced the need for epidural pain relief. Women and their male partners were unequivocal in their positive opinions about labouring with the support of a doula. (Mc Grath and Kennell, Birth. 2008).
Our birth attendants/doulas can complement your birth team, providing continuous experienced support and information to enhance your birthing potential and support you in the transition to parenthood. They provide emotional and physical support during your labour however you birth your baby at home or hospital. Their services include:
Booking doula services early means you’ll be able to get the right fit for your needs. Don’t wait until it’s too late to find a birth support attendant. Book now or contact us for more information. Let us help you navigate this momentous life event!
Doulas work with you to create a plan that meets your needs and goals for your birth experience. They will provide information about different options for pain management, breastfeeding and newborn care.
A doula will support you throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. The evidence is clear on the benefits for improved labour outcomes – if you are interested in having a normal physiological vaginal birth, your best chances are with a doula by your side.
A birth support doula provides emotional, physical and instructional support, whereas a midwife is in charge of medical and clinical aspects of birthing.
Birth support doulas assist in any kind of birth, whether it’s a vaginal delivery or a C-section. They are trained to provide emotional and physical support and education and advocacy.
You can hire one as early as you want, but we advise you to do so by at least week 20 of your pregnancy. Most doulas only support 1-3 birthing women each month so the earlier you book your doula, the better. It will give you more time to get to know each other as well.
A birth doula will support your partner and give them the tools to empower them throughout the labour and birth process. They will guide them to give you the best support possible. Partners are so grateful for this as supporting someone through labour is not always intuitive. Especially for men. If the labour is extended, it is very helpful to have a doula so your partner can be well rested, ready to support you and be fully present for you when the baby is born.
Yes! A doula’s services include coming to the hospital with you and providing support throughout your birth experience. They will often spend time on the phone supporting you in the early phases, meet you at home and help you decide when the best time is to transition to hospital.
Yes! A doula can still be helpful in these situations. They will help you understand your options, and they can advocate for you and your baby. Adding a doula to your health team can be really helpful when navigating medical decisions.