What is a Birth Doula? Doula, the Greek word for “a woman who serves”, now commonly refers to a trained professional who provides non-medical emotional, physical and practical support to a birthing woman during labour, birth and the postpartum period.
A Birth Doula:
- Understands that Birth Matters to women and families and will be remembered as a life-changing experience for the mother
- Understands the physical and the emotional needs of a woman during labor, birth and thereafter
- Supports the mother-to-be in her preparation for birth
- Attends the mother-to-be from the time requested to throughout her labor, birth and beyond
- Is inclusive and encouraging of the partner’s key role in confidently supporting the birthing mother
- Provides an objective viewpoint and non-medical suggestions to assist the progress of labour
- Provides emotional support and physical comfort, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
- Can be an empathic ear for the mother’s birth story and process of integrating the birth experience during post-partum
The Importance of Continuous Care The following conclusions about “Continued Support For Women During Childbirth” were made after an updated systematic review of studies that included 23 trials from 16 countries and involved more than 15,000 women in a wide range of settings and circumstances: “Women who received continuous labour support were more likely to give birth ‘spontaneously’, i.e. give birth with neither caesarean nor vacuum nor forceps. In addition, women were less likely to use pain medications, were more likely to be satisfied, and had slightly shorter labours. Their babies were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores. No adverse effects were identified. We conclude that all women should have continuous support during labour. Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the woman’s social network, is experienced in providing labour support, and has at least a modest amount of training, appears to be most beneficial.” (July 2013,Cochrane Library, http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD003766/continuous-support-for-women-during-childbirth#sthash.Pvbq8d8A.dpuf)
My Services As a doula my intention is to help you create the most rewarding and satisfying birth experience that honours and supports your own unique journey as well as the sacred dynamic between you and your partner. Holding a loving and non-judgmental presence always, I offer physical, emotional and non-clinical information and support during our meetings leading up to and during labour and birth, as well as postpartum. I do not provide medical care. I will offer reassurance, comfort and an objective perspective to you and your partner around the progress of the labour as well as helping to meet any practical needs required (such as care of siblings, food, water, photos, filling birth pools etc). During post-partum I can assist with early mother support. As a doula I focus on assisting you in gaining the knowledge you need to make informed decisions and build the confidence to trust your intuition.
Doula Services include;
- up to 2 or 3 pre-natal visits
- labour & birth support
- 1 to 2 postpartum visits
- email support throughout our agreement and early postpartum
- phone support as needed
- extensive lending library
- discounts to classes offered by Lara during doula agreement.
Please email me for service fee, more information and to arrange a meet up. firstname.lastname@example.org
Servicing Byron Bay and the Shire to Lismore to tweed.
“I knew she was there and she just melted into the actions, whispering in my ear, reminding me at every turn how strong I was and simply that I could do it.” A new mother, speaking of her doula, The Doula Book Marshall Klaus, John Kennell and Phyllis Klaus.
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it” John H Kennel
For the Dad’s to be, here is a great article: Daddy Duty: What’s a doula?