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."
- 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.
- 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 *