CONGRATULATIONS on your pregnancy! And how FANTASTIC that you are researching the possibility of a Doula for your birth. What ever your plan for the birth, a Doula will support you to achieve the Best Birth possible on the day for you and your baby.
A Doula’s support can also dramatically increase your chance of experiencing a normal vaginal birth, a vbac (vaginal birth after a caesarean) and even a natural birth!
Doulas can support you to achieve this by ensuring that YOUR needs are central to the birth experience. She anticipates and understands your needs and supports you and your partner to communicate these to your midwife or doctor. The Doula trusts in your strength and innate capacity to birth normally and believes that you have the ability to make the best decisions for you and your baby.
Just knowing that you have had the best birth possible on the day, will create positive birth memories and deep feelings of profound satisfaction. What a perfect start to a lifetime of love and adventure with your child!
There are still places remaining in our Active Birth Workshop running on Sat 15 & Sat 22 March 2014 more details here
And our Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) Workshops, more details here
What can a Doula support you to achieve?
Research has shown that Doulas improve the overall outcome and experience of women giving birth. There have been many studies into the impact of continuous social support during birth and these have shown some amazing benefits!
50% decrease in caesarean sections
25% decrease in the length of labour
30% decrease in use of forceps
40% decrease in use of oxytocin to speed labour up
60% decrease in use of epidurals
30% decrease in use of pain medications
Marshall H.Klaus, MD, John H. Kennell, MD and Phyllis H.Klaus, CSW, MFT (2002). The Doula Book: How a trained labour companion can help you have a shorter, easier and healthier birth. Massachusetts: Perseus Publishing
Even after the birth, the positive effects of using a Doula for your birth continue. Studies have shown that women have a lower incidence of postpartum depression, breastfeed for longer and are closer with their infants.
What is a Doula?
A Doula is a non-medical labour assistant, who provides continuous physical and emotional support to the birthing woman and her partner throughout labour and birth.
A Doula offers the one-to-one continuous care that the hospital staff team may be unable to provide. She offers support and comfort to the mother and her partner during labour and birth; she works to facilitate effective communication between the birthing couple and their midwife/doctor; and aims to preserve a peaceful and respectful birthing space within which the woman can respond instinctively to the needs of her body and birth her baby with dignity and profound satisfaction.
“Your wisdom, guidance, patience and sense of calm led us through a beautiful pregnancy and eventually a rewarding birth. You will always hold a special place in our lives and memories. Thank you so much for all you’ve given.”
Sue, Mont Albert North
Your Doula is able to offer a wide range of self-help ideas and partner support techniques for improving comfort and naturally managing pain during labour. She has been to many, many births and understands what a woman instinctively needs as she labours.
She is able to support and guide your partner, enabling him/her to play as full a role in the birth as they wish to play. This support can come in the form of:
Your Doula can support you to use labour positions which will maximize your body’s potential to birth safely and efficiently and allow you to relax.
Demonstrating support techniques for your partner to use e.g. labour massage, breath work, guided visualization, affirmation statements and vocalisation, use of heat and water
Tag teaming with your partner so that they can rest, eat, go to the toilet or just take time out if necessary!
Emotional support and reassurance about what is happening.
She knows just what to say to help you let go into the work of your labour and she also knows when to be silent.
A Doula also offers you unconditional emotional support during labour and birth. She can support you to make informed choices during your pregnancy and birth, by enhancing communication between you and your midwife/doctor. It is a Doula’s role to support you to achieve your goals for birth, and to experience the best birth possible for you and your baby.
“I can’t express in words what a fantastic birth experience I had and how much a part of that you contributed to. You provide a wonderful service.”
Alison, Blackburn South
Our Doulas would be honoured to be able to support you to achieve the best possible birth for you and your baby.
Contact us today on 0404 724440 for a no obligation discussion about your support needs for labour and birth!