What is a doula?
- 1 'Doula' is a Greek word that has come to mean "woman's servant".
- 2. A professional, non-medical birth companion, able to provide continuity of care, reassurance and encouragement, breathing and relaxation techniques, massage, help with labour and birth positions, support for the partner (Australian Doulas)
There are 2 types of doulas, a birth doula and a postnatal doula.
A birth doula will typically meet with you a few times antenatally, attend your birth in its entirety, stay with you a while after the birth and visit you in your home a short while after the baby has been born to debrief, ensure you’re happy and getting settled in nicely.
A postnatal doula will most likely visit you before the baby is born to talk about your needs, and then visit you at home over a period of time to help you find your feet as a new mum. To see more specifically what I can do for you as a postnatal doula see my packages
Why should I have a doula?
The facts - using a doula means: