What is a Doula?
So you've heard of this idea of a Doula but really, you aren't totally sure what it means. Well here is a little page to help you unpack the word, the role, the work and the person.
The word “doula” comes from a Greek word meaning “woman's servant”. Doulas are trained, non-medical professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to women before, during and after childbirth, to facilitate the best possible birth experience.
The conversation.com - 19 Mar 2019
The role of Doula is to support, inform and sign post.
as a Doula my role is to support and serve you and help you as much as I can in your mental, emotional well being and practically as you get ready for birth, birth your little one or settle into family life.
My role as a Doula is to make sure that you and your birthing partner are informed on many a different level. The aim is that you can make informed decisions through the birthing process and onwards, always helping you feel empowered to make and see the decisions you want happen in the different situations you find yourself in.
I am well aware that I am limited, as 1 human I only have so much experience and wisdom but wonderfully, there is an amazing well of resources out there in incredible people, charities and websites. This is the amazing thing about Doula's, we work hard to make sure we have a wealth of networks to connect you to the best person to help you with your individual need.
The last thing I would say, is that I am here to advocate for you and help you to be empowered to speak. As I come alongside you, my aim is that you would feel utterly empowered to do whatever is needed to have the most positive experience of this season as possible.
As a Doula, I get the privilege to help with the moments leading up to the firsts, help with the seconds, the seen and unseen moments and onwards. I'll be there with kindness, support and encouragement as you learn and grow together. What a privilege.