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A doula is a non-medical companion who provides emotional and physical support to the birthing woman during your pregnancy and childbirth. A doula may also provide support to the partner and family.
Unlike a midwife, doulas are not medical professionals and they do not provide medical care or deliver babies. However, they are typically certified with courses in helping the birthing mother and her family during this period. They are there in a purely advisory and supportive capacity.
Most doula-client relationships start a few months before the baby’s due date. During this period, the doula develops a relationship with the mother and takes an active role in creating a birth plan.
During the delivery of the baby, doulas are in close proximity with the mother. During this period, they provide comfort using pain-relief techniques like breathing, relaxation, massage, and laboring positions. They will also encourage an active participation from the partner.
Depending on the needs of the birthing mother, doulas may perform several roles:
Several studies have revealed the advantages of having a doula present during pregnancy and childbirth. The findings resulted in:
In addition, doulas are able to provide:
Childbirth can be an uncertain time for many soon-to-be parents. That’s why many turn to a doula.
The pain of giving birth is often intense and distressing. Two recent systematic reviews have found that acupuncture and hypnosis are likely to be beneficial in managing pain during labour.
Research has shown that the use of hypnosis for childbirth results in shorter labours, reduced use of pain medications, higher Agpar scores, reduced surgical delivery and reduced postpartum depression.
A doula, or birth support professional, is an ideal way to ensure you are completely supported during one of the most physically and emotionally challenging times of your life.
Relaxation is key to the calmbirth® approach, and is achieved by meditative techniques designed to lower blood pressure, heart rates and metabolic rates.
A water birth is a relaxing setting and medium for mothers and newborn babies alike. Water and the buoyancy it provides significantly reduces the physical stress of labour and child birth.