You, your birth, your choices, your baby

You, your birth, your choice, your baby

What is a birth doula?

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:

  • build a trusting relationship
  • learn about their plans in preparation for the birth of their baby
  • explore their emotions, hopes and fears
  • signpost to information and discuss choices available to them.

During the birth, a doula offers a reassuring presence and if required:

  • sets up and keeps the birth space safe
  • assistance with positioning and relaxation
  • a gentle reminder of any choices that the woman may have indicated prior to birth
  • support for the partner to be involved or to take a break when needed
  • advocacy
  • practical support e.g. drinks, snacks, cold cloths, comfort measures, music etc.

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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