A doula is a skilled but non-medical companion who offers emotional, physical and practical support to a woman and her family before, during and after childbirth. Doulas complement rather than replace midwives and work with families throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and bonding to help them make informed choices and achieve a positive birth experience.
Doulas are trained to understand the exquisitely sensitive interactions between mind and body during childbirth and how to support labouring women within that. Research has shown that using a doula shortens labour, significantly reduces the need for pain relief and medical interventions and results in healthier babies. Mothers who use a doula report less postnatal depression, greater self-esteem and more confidence about breastfeeding and baby care.
We also offer help and support for families after their babies are born to help them as they start life with a new baby. The early days and weeks with a newborn are wonderful, but at times overwhelming too. It can be a huge comfort to a new mum to know that someone is on hand to provide practical and emotional support – to offer reassurance, provide feeding support, look after any older siblings, cook, help with housework or just let her catch up on a few hours’ sleep. To mother the mother, in other words, so that she is better able to mother her baby.
Each of the doulas at Birthwise has their own unique way of working but you would receive the following as a minimum:
For more information or to arrange a free, no obligation meeting contact: Contact Karin, Patricia or Janine for more details.
“It was such a positive experience having a doula - We are so grateful for every single little thing you did to help us bring our baby into this world as naturally and as joyfully as we possibly could!"