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What is a doula
A doula supports women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.

It is becoming increasingly common for women to use a doula in addition to receiving pregnancy care from a midwife. Birth doulas provide flexible and continuous support before, during and often after the child is born. They may help with other children, encourage a partner with support while the child is being born, nurture and support the mother, and give support to help establish breastfeeding. Doulas also offer individualised support for mum to be as well as their partner preparing for birth drawing birth proposals, talking in depth about options and choices during pregnancy, labour and post birth as well as pain relief, breathing techniques and often a more natural and positive approach to pregnancy and labour making you feel always in control and giving you all the information you need to make informed decisions. Doulas often provide also a space to debrief from previous births especially if they were difficult or traumatic.

 

Having a doula present can:

  • shorten first-time labour by an average of two hours,

  • decrease the chance of caesarean section by 50% and

  • decrease the need for pain medication.

  • In addition, having a doula present helps other birth partners participate with confidence

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