Every woman deserves a Doula. Birth is a time of huge transformation and change.
“Each birthing experience has it’s own story and needs compassion and understanding.” Hannah Palamara
As childbirth has moved from home to hospital, a vital element of care has been lost from the whole process. Gone are the days where a woman would have continuous support from one carer throughout her labour. It used to be the case that the womenfolk within the immediate and extended family (mothers/sisters/grandmother etc…) would be on hand to provide the nurturing role for the new mother, to guide by experience and help with the practicalities that need to be performed before, during and after a woman gives birth to a baby.
Later the concept of the community midwife developed, but due to lack of resources, this service is steadily declining in many areas.
Nowadays many women feel that they have to be in hospital to give birth to their baby where it is much more likely that a birth will be medically managed and intervention methods, such as induction of labour, forceps or caesarean section may be used. Research has shown that having a doula present at a birth ;
Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours
Decreases the chance of caesarean section by 50%
Decreases the need for pain medication
Helps fathers participate with confidence
Increases success in breastfeeding
Findings from “Mothering the Mother”
Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 1993
As your Doula I will support you in the birthing choices you and your partner have made and where I can direct you to further information, educational resources and support in order for you to make informed decisions around your birth choices.
“If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right.” Ina May Gaskin