Doula

What is a doula?

Have you ever wondered, ‘What is a doula?’ A doula provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to pregnant people and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Doulas complement medical care, by focusing on the emotional aspects of childbirth. They create a nurturing, empowering and comfortable environment for expecting parents, offering guidance, resources and assistance tailored to the unique needs and preferences of each family.

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How a doula can support you and your baby

Emotional

Doulas offer continuous unbiassed support and warm encouragement, listening to parents without judgement and responding with compassion and empathy to create a nurturing and calmly reassuring environment. A doula’s role is to uplift, and to help parents maintain their belief in the body’s natural birthing abilities.

Physical

Doulas support families who are planning all kinds of births, from planned caesareans and early epidurals to home water births. With an understanding of the stages of normal physiological birth and common medical interventions, a doula can help partners use breathing, massage, relaxation, movement and positioning to support the birth experience.

Informational

Doulas provide reliable, evidenced-based sources discussing the many different options in pregnancy and childbirth to help parents make decisions that are right for them. During labour, doulas create space and time for making informed decisions, advocating for a parent’s wishes if required.

Why do I need a doula?

Having a doula by your side has significant proven benefits:

‘Continuous support during labour may improve outcomes for women and infants, including increased spontaneous vaginal birth, shorter duration of labour, and decreased caesarean birth, instrumental vaginal birth, use of any analgesia, use of regional analgesia, low five‐minute Apgar score and negative feelings about childbirth experiences.’ (Bohren et al, 2017)

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Personalised support

Doulas offer tailored guidance and emotional encouragement throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

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Improved birth experience

Doula-assisted births often result in shorter labour, fewer intervention, and reduced caesarean rates.

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Postpartum assistance

Doulas provide valuable help with breastfeeding, newborn care and adjusting to new family dynamics.

What Doulas don’t do

After understanding ‘What is a doula?’, it’s equally important to know what they do not do. Doulas do not perform medical procedures and they don’t assist medical staff. They do not offer medical advice or take decisions. They never impose their own views. They do not speak on behalf of their clients, although they may ensure the parents’ views are heard. They not only support birthing people, but also help partners take active and caring roles. Doulas do not guarantee particular birth outcomes but do their best to help clients make informed decisions in the circumstances.

Want to ask a question or have a chat?

It’s important we are a good match as you will be inviting me to share in a truly intimate moment. I offer a free initial one-hour consultation by phone or video call, so we can explore if we are a good fit. Come prepared with lots of questions, or just ready to share your hopes and dreams for birth and parenthood.

Follow up meetings are in-person if we decide to go ahead.

Our location

4 Leny Road, Deanston, FK16 6AP

CONTACT

Phone: 07469 204708
Email: anna@radiantbirth.co.uk