Doula Support

Doula Support

A doula is a female companion before, during and after birth. Doulas complement rather than replace midwives. The doula’s role is to be there for the mother – to offer loving understanding, respond to her deepest emotional needs, stay with her throughout labour, birth and bonding, and to create an atmosphere in which the birth can be as easy and satisfying as possible. A doula is also there as a support for the partner, to help the couple work together according to their needs.

A doula is trained to understand the exquisitely sensitive interactions between mind and body during childbirth. Research and trials have shown that using a doula shortened labour, massively reduced the need for pain relief and medical intervention and resulted in healthier babies. Mothers who had used a doula reported less post-natal depression, greater self-esteem and more confidence about breast-feeding and baby care.  

What services do we provide?

Birth Doula

Each of the doulas at Birthwise has their own unique way of working, but the basic structure of the doulas role is the same and you would receive the following as a minimum.

Initial consultation:

At this meeting we would explore your particular needs and discuss more fully the role of a doula and what it involves.  It is important that you feel comfortable with the doula of your choice, and this is an opportunity for you to decide if we would work well together.  This meeting is free of charge

Antenatal visits:

You would normally meet your doula twice before the birth for at least two hours, visiting you and your partner at home to discuss any previous birth experiences, advise you on comfort measures for pregnancy, the optimal conditions to support natural birth physiology, your birth options and any areas of concern.

Telephone contact:

Availability by phone or email to answer any questions or concerns you may have or guiding you to appropriate information in order to make informed choices.

At the birth:

On call to you from two weeks prior to your due date, and up till two weeks after.  Availability at any time during this period for reassurance and support.  When labour begins your doula will stay with you throughout labour and birth, until initial bonding has taken place and you are comfortable.

After the birth:

Two post-natal visits to talk through your birth experience, meet your new baby, and help with any comfort measures.  Plus, available by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns, or if you just need a chat.

For more information or to arrange a free, no obligation meeting contact:

Patricia Whitworth 01392 438586 or email birthwiseyoga@hotmail.co.uk

Karin Walters 01404 813784 or email karin@birthwise.net