Frequently Asked Questions


 

  What is the difference between a Doula and a Midwife?

 A midwife is a trained medical professional who cares for you and your baby throughout pregnancy and birth.  Through labour she will monitor you and your baby's wellbeing with blood pressure, temperature and dilation checks, monitoring etc. However, she may well be caring for more than one mother at a time. A Doula cares exclusively for you -  trying to meet your emotional, practical and physical needs through pregnancy, birth and beyond,  offering support and reassurance throughout.

 


Why should I hire a Birth Doula?

Childbirth and the early weeks whilst totally amazing, can be overwhelming - especially for first time parents. A Doula can encourage, support and empower women through these times. Research shows that having a doula present at birth and/or during the postnatal period:

  • Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours
  • Decreases the chance of caesarean section by 50%
  • Decreases the need for pain medication
  • Helps fathers participate with confidence
  • Increases success in breast-feeding  

         (Findings taken from "Mothering the Mother" by Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 1993

 


 Why should I hire a Postnatal Doula?

 

A Postnatal Doula can help the transition to parenthood be as smooth as possible, as you and your baby find your way. I can help reduce the fatigue which is often experienced in those early days, by looking after your baby whilst you rest, or attending to other children or household chores whilst you spend time just getting to know your newborn. I can help you to establish your feeding (breast or bottle), be a listening ear and generally nurture you as you nurture your family.



I already have children - can a Postnatal Doula still help me?

 Most definitely! You may find yourself pulled; needing to dedicate time to both your newborn and any siblings , and can benefit from practical and emotional help through this time. I can ease the pressure, by giving attention and helping with your older children, or caring for the baby whilst you spend time with his brothers/sisters.

 


 Doulas & Dads

Many people voice concerns that a Doula could try to take Dad's place!! This is certainly not the case. A good Doula knows when to step up and when to step back, and her presence and support is designed to make the birth and early parenting as relaxed, calm and enjoyable as possible for BOTH PARENTS.

 


What do parents think of their experience of using a Doula?

 

In a survey carried out by Doula UK (the not for profit UK doula association), 100% of mothers and fathers surveyed said they would hire a birth doula again and recommend it to their friends!  I have many previous clients who would be more than happy to share how they felt about having me as their Doula with you, should you like a personal reference!

 


What if I can't afford a Doula?

 

I offer gift vouchers, which family and friends may like to buy for you as an alternative 'new baby' present perhaps?

You may also be able to utilise the Doula UK Access Fund if you feel that finance really is a problem.  (Please see the Doula UK site for further details - www.doula.org.uk