You, your birth, your choices, your baby

You, your birth, your choice, your baby

Welcome to the
Scottish Doula Network

Formed in 2001, the SDN is an informal community of birth and postnatal doulas. We all work closely with parents, and each other, using a wide range of skills and techniques to support all aspects of birthwork.

Every SDN Doula is dedicated to combining compassionate, individual care and holistic practise with evidence-based research and information. We strive to be reliable, nourishing, sensitive, flexible, non-judgemental, empathic, practical and protective of your birthing needs and wishes.

We are passionate about informed choice and will work with you and healthcare professionals to support your individual preferences. 

What is a doula?

A doula is someone who provides emotional and practical support to women, their partners and families before, during and after childbirth. Doulas provide continuity of care throughout the birth year.


A doula may offer suggestions and resources for further information but does not give advice, undertake any clinical tasks or make any medical decisions. They may facilitate communication between the mother or parents and other caregivers. They are chosen by the mother/couple and acts to support their birth experience and assist in their transition to parenthood. You can hire a doula during pregnancy to support you during labour and birth, for the postnatal period after your baby arrives, or for both!


While many doulas are also trained in complementary medicine/therapies that focus on pregnancy and birth, such additional skills are by no means essential to the role of the doula. Fees for doulas vary and some work on a voluntary basis or offer a sliding scale/payment plan. When looking for a doula, we encourage you to chat with a number of doulas to find the one that is right for you.

To learn more about the evidence based benefits of a doula click here.

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