Doula Service

A doula is an ancient Greek word that means “woman servant” and the role of the doula is to “mother the mother” during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. Women have been serving other women in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labour process.

Doulas are professionally trained to provide emotional, physical and informational support in pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

I trained as a Doula with Gaby Targett from A Labour of Love in 2010 and feel so honoured when I am asked to be a couple’s doula.  For me it is all about supporting and encouraging mothers to have a positive birthing experience while also supporting and guiding dads or birth partners so they are confident and relaxed.  I do not provide medical advice or care, but I will be able to direct you to many credible resources so you can make informed decisions.  As a doula I can support a mother during a home birth, hospital birth, birthing centre birth, VBAC or even a planned C-section particularly with my training as a Positive Caesarean Practitioner.

I have a huge amount of experience working with pregnant women in my clinical practice located in Darch as a Pregnancy Massage Specialist, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Childbirth Educator.

Every woman deserves to have a safe, satisfying and unique birth experience, feeling nurtured, calm and confident and I provide non-judgemental assistance, just for you and your family’s needs.

What Are The Proven Benefits Of A Doula?

A recent review of many studies from around the world has concluded that a doula’s support is more effective than hospital staff, friends or family. Studies (and reviews of the studies) consistently demonstrate very impressive benefits for the mother, father and baby including:

  • 50% fewer caesarean sections
  • Reduction in the use of forceps vacuum by 40%
  • 60% fewer requests for epidurals
  • 40% reduction in the use of synthetic oxytocin for inductions or augmentations
  • 30% reduction in use of pain medication
  • 25% reduction in labour length
  • Increased rates of breastfeeding at 6 weeks post-partum (51% v 29%)
  • Higher self-esteem (74% v 59%), less anxiety (28% v 40%) and less depression (10% v 23%) at 6 weeks post-partum

Studies have also shown that women who use a doula have a lower incidence of postnatal depression, tend to breastfeed longer and form a very strong bond with their baby. Women who use a doula are more satisfied with their birth experiences, no matter which way they birth their babies.

(Reference:  www.bellybelly.com.au)

“Quite simply, hiring a doula cuts in half the odds of you having an unnecessary caesarean…..the doula you bring with you may be the only person whose sole responsibility is to make you more comfortable and to help you labour as effectively as possible.”
(Ina May Gaskin – Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth)

For more information click on the following links:

Birthing Doula

Postnatal Doula

Soundbirth Doula