Why a Doula? Why a Doula? "Doula” comes from a Greek word which means “woman who serves.” Traditionally doulas are present at the birth of a child bringing knowledge, emotional and spiritual support. We believe the way we leave this world is as important as the way we enter it.
Childbirth and early parenting education is an important part of a woman's or couples preparation for the arrival of their newborn. Women used to receive pregnancy and childbirth information and confidence from other older, wiser women in their circle. Whilst this still occurs in some cultures it usually does not happen naturally in ours.
The Doula Heart Network (DHN), unofficially started in 2004 and became official in 2007. Founded by Renee Adair, who also has a background in women’s outreach programs, Renee has always been drawn to help women give birth. We believe that no woman should ever birth alone, and no woman should ever be judged or receive any less care because of her race, colour, religion, age or personal situation.