Bringing a baby into the world is a magical experience, a celebration of new life. But even though you may have been waiting impatiently for many months to meet your little one, the idea of giving birth can still feel overwhelming.
For this reason, an increasing number of women are choosing to use a doula. Offering emotional and physical support, advice and information, a doula is experienced in childbirth and entirely focused on helping you.
For this reason, an increasing number of women are choosing to use a doula. Offering emotional and physical support, advice and information, a doula is experienced in childbirth and entirely focused on helping you.Here’s a closer look at the role of a doula, how it could help you and the approximate costs.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a fully trained professional whose goal is to ensure that you have the positive birthing experience that you want. A doula is there to support your needs, physical, emotional and psychological.
Your doula will offer emotional support and coaching during labour, encouraging you and providing a nurturing environment to help you relax.
Even though she can’t intervene medically, your doula can offer lots of other techniques to help ease any physical discomfort. These might include reflexology, massage, music and aromatherapy. She can also help you to move around, or get to the bathroom.
Your doula is on your team, and will advocate for you where needed. This means making sure you are kept fully informed about what’s going on so you’re able to make the right choices. She doesn’t replace your partner or relegate them down the pecking order; she amplifies their support, helping them to help you more effectively.Doulas are often used for the birth, but there are also postpartum doulas who offer support after the baby is born. Some doulas are able to offer both types of services.
What Are the Benefits of Using a Doula
Reduces complications and labour time
Minimises discomfort and pain
Offers emotional support
Helps your partner
Ensures you receive a personal birthing experience
All women who give birth will have their own preferences about how they’d like things to go. There’s no single solution that fits everyone. A doula can help to ensure your preferences are listened to, and that your voice is heard from start to finish.
A doula can provide many benefits to support both you and your partner. However, it’s important to emphasise that a doula is not a qualified medical professional, such as a doctor or a nurse. They aren’t there to provide physical assistance with the delivery, nor provide any midwifery services and they can’t prescribe any medication or drugs.
This is why a doula works alongside your medical team, taking care of your personal needs while your midwife, nurses and doctors look after the clinical side.