The simple presence of a doula during labour can help the mother/couple to feel safe, enhancing her confidence in her body and her ability to birth.
The birth doula acts to protect the birth environment from disturbance so that the mother may focus on birthing her baby gently and safely. Her role equally involves supporting the mother’s partner to participate in the labour at his/her own level of comfort.
The birth doula meets with the mother/couple several times during pregnancy to:
During the birth, a doula offers a reassuring presence and if required:
Following the birth of your baby, a birth doula will meet with you one or more times to give you the opportunity to talk about your birth, to discuss any concerns you may have and to celebrate your baby.
Some doulas are available for pre-natal support only to help you prepare for the birth of your baby.
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