What is a Doula?

 Doula - which is pronounced "Doola" - is a Greek word meaning "woman servant and caregiver".

Nowadays it refers to an experienced woman who offers practical and emotional support to a woman or a couple before, during and after the birth of a baby.

 A doula is often said to:

"mother the mother so that she can mother her baby".

 

There are two types of doulas: Birth doulas and Postnatal doulas.

I am trained in both roles.

 

   Research has shown that having a doula present at the birth 

   Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours

   Decreases the risk of having a caesarean birth by 50%

  Decreases the need for pain medication

  Helps fathers participate with confidence

  Increases success in breastfeeding

  Enhances mother and baby bonding