What is a Doula?
Traditionally, a doula was a woman offering non medical support and information to other women and their partners during birth and the post natal period. ‘Doula‘ is a Greek word that came to mean “woman’s servant”.
We believe that a Doula is a support and information bank for anyone navigating their way through,not just the first breath but also the last. Birth and End of Life Doulas offer non medical support and information through all life’s transitions.
A Doula believes in the process and journey and the impact it leaves on the family:
Your doula is a great listener
Does not impose their own thoughts and beliefs
Trusts the clients instincts
Acknowledges the power and impact of life’s transitions
Works with the family and significant others as valued team members
Works along side medical professionals
Understands these processes are not theirs
Offers continuous, or as required, non judgmental support
Overall, a doula believes that the first and last breath is a rite of passage and no one should do it alone.
The doula is knowledgeable in comfort measures such as relaxation breathing, massage and positioning, managing labour sensations using water, hot packs and aromas.
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.
Many studies in the USA have been conducted and highlighted the huge difference a birth doula can make to a labour and birth. In the USA, UK and parts of Europe doulas are a recognised part of the birthing team and post natal services. The doula services fill an important gap for women and their caregivers and has been developed over the years to respond to the ever increasing requests from women to have more support and continuity of care before,during and after the birth of their children.
Around Australia, there are a variety of situations in which people choose to give birth: for example the home (with private midwives), a birth centre, a labour ward, or a private hospital or to pass: for example, home or hospice. A doula can support you anywhere you choose to be.
“Imagine a world where there was no fear or suffering, only love, when the spirit entered or left the body?…….what a gift, what enormous possibilities.” Renee Adair