By Your Side Doula Services

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What is a doula?

In the words from the video, Giving Birth: Challenges and Choices, by Suzanne Arms, 


"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."

So you are pregnant and you may have listened to numerous horror stories about labour and birth and are scared that labour is unbearable. Or you have had a baby already and are thinking surely there are other options out there so that I feel like I am heard and get the birth I want. Or you want a natural birth or you would like support with your ceasarean. Either way, you want to walk away from birth feeling triumphant not traumatised. Then hiring a doula can help you achieve just that. Rebecca does this by combating myths with facts, using simple but effective relaxation techniques and providing you with the tools and resources you need to make informed decisions. 


A doula, or birth attendant, is a woman offering non medical support and information to parents in pregnancy, childbirth and the post natal period. 'Doula' is a Greek word that has come to mean "woman's servant or helper."


A doula mothers the mother! 

The doula is knowledgeable in:
  • Comfort measures such as -
  • relaxation breathing
  • massage and positioning, 
  • managing labour sensations using water, hot packs and aromas. 
  • A doula can help a mother find positions that are most comfortable and effective, protect her privacy and create an atmosphere to prevent distractions.
  • Doulas specialise in non-medical skills and do not perform clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams or foetal heart rate monitoring. Doulas do not diagnose medical conditions, offer second opinions, or give medical advice. 

Compared with women who have no support in labour, women who have support from a companion who is neither a member of the hospital staff nor a friend or family member are:

  • 28% less likely to have a ceasarean section
  • 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed labour
  • 9% less likely to use any pain medication
  • 34% less likey to rate their childbirth experience negatively *

A doulas primary and unique role is to encourage the birthing woman's self confidence. Whilst every member of the birthing team play an integral role in assisting the woman to birth her baby, the doula is there to be the mother's constant companion and is comfortable and confident with the birthing process which is not only valuable for the birthing woman, it is very beneficial for the woman's partner or even her chosen friend or relative who may also be present. 

By hiring a doula a mother ensures:

She has a skilled set of hands 'holding the space for her at home and/or in hospital'
She is surrounded by nurturing and caring energy
She has a reduced risk of unnecessary interventions