What is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth:
As your doula..
- I aim to give care based on evidence and up to date research on natural and or calm birthing options.
- My role is to help you discover what it is that makes you feel safe and confident to birth and parent effectively.
- It is the little things that count, sometimes the silliest of requests are what put our mind at ease. These are the things I pay attention to.
- During your labour I will provide the physical and practical comforts needed to best support you to birth your baby.
- I will work with your husband or partner so they are confident in supporting you in a capacity that they are able to.
Did you know that elephant midwives will form a circle around the birthing mother to support her and aid her in the birth of her baby elephant? Birth is one of those mammalian experiences that highlights the importance of care and community.