What is a Doula?
A Doula is a woman who is trained in labor support. She will accompany a family from early labor until after birth in order to provide comfort, guidance, information and emotional support to the laboring mother and her partner.
A Doula can be beneficial to you in various ways;
• helps you experience less pain during childbirth
• helps you feel more confident about labour and birth
• helps you understand what is happening during labour and delivery.
• helps your partner to be confident about his role in assisting you during labour.
• helps you with your birth plan, and during labour, helping you remember the things that were important to you when you planned your birth.
• helps you deal with feelings of fear, confusion and helplessness, before and during labour.
• be there for you before, during and after birth.
• helps you prepare for breastfeeding if that is what you decided upon.
• helps you have a more satisfying birth experience
Let me introduce myself. I am a certified ChildBirth Doula with DONA (Doulas of North America) International. I am also a mother of 3 beautiful girls, all of whom I gave birth in the UK, delivered by midwives. My first, Aqilah, I didn't know any better so I had all the painkillers! Gas and air, pethidine, epidural and eventually I had to have a cesaerean section. My 2nd was a VBAC with no painkillers and 3rd child was natural delivery (had gas&air) too.
It is such a joy, helping women to get the birth experience that they desire. I want to help women to understand what they are going through, and to look back and said, I have done my best, even though the outcome is not as expected. I want to help women understand that their bodies are designed to give birth, and to welcome the surges, as the surges are there to help birth baby; and most importantly, I want to be there to support YOU and your husband, emotionally and physically during labour.
I will meet with you once or a couple of times, along with your husband preferably before you reach 38 weeks. We can discuss your Birth preferences, Birth Plans, and any fears and concerns that you may have. We can also practice on a few comfort measures for use during labour. We will use this time, to be comfortable with each other and address any questions that you may have. Then I will be on-call to you, so you can reach me any time of the day or night.
Then, I will be by your side during your labour, alongside your husband, supporting you emotionally and physically, cheering you on, holding your hand, do whatever it takes to make you as comfortable and as relaxed as you can, making sure that you have the best birth experience, even though it may not turn out as we expect. and I will remain with you after birth, until I know that you are comfortable enough. I will then do one more postpartum visit at your place, to make sure that you are coping well.
What I don't do is perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams and such. You have the nurses/midwives and your doctor to do that for you. My job is only to support you and your partneremotionally and physically with comfort measures.
I also do not make any decisions for you as well as speak to the hospital staff on your behalf. I will help you get the information necessary to make informed decisions as well as discussing your concerns and suggest options, but never to make decisions for you.