What is
a doula?

The meaning of the word doula has evolved to mean birth companion, to put it simply. We provide continuous support for the whole family through pregnancy, birth and the early weeks of parenthood.

A doula will provide your family with emotional and practical support, encouragement and reassurance, and evidence based information. We will not replace but compliment and work alongside your birthing team, such as your midwives, obstetrician, and partner.

Whether it is a planned caesarean birth, a waterbirth at home or a physiological birth in a midwifery led unit, doulas are prepared to support a birthing person and their family through any labour and birth, it is not a one size fits all approach.

A positive birth does not mean an easy one, but it does mean you had choices, were respected, made the decisions and you owned your birth.

“A doula will elevate your voice”

Being a doula is what I was meant to do, I trained with the Developing Doulas in 2017, and I am a recognised birth and postnatal doula with Doula UK.

My philosophy is to be the calm in the room and to hold space for people so they can explore the intricacies of their parenting journey. I work in Bath and the wider surrounding area to support families.

You can read some evidence on doulas here.

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Doulas do not perform clinical tasks. They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions. A doula is there to complement the birthing team of midwives, doctors, consultants, etc.

They do not advise, but can support a woman to find balanced information to make informed decisions about her maternity care.

Doulas do not replace the partner, we are also there to guide them in being confident support for you too. A doula has intimate knowledge of birth, while your partner has intimate knowledge of you. Together, we can be the ultimate birthing team!

While doulas are not there to change outcomes, there is growing evidence that having a birth or postnatal doula brings a number of tangible benefits. While this research is important, it’s the less tangible benefits of having a non-judgemental companion during a life-altering event that most women remember and value.

Research has shown having
a doula present at birth:

Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours

Decreases the chance of a caesarean section by 50%

Decreases the need for pain medication

Helps fathers participate with confidence

Increases success in breastfeeding

Decreases risk of PND

Source: “Mothering the Mother”, Klaus, Kennell & Klaus 1993.