What is a Doula


"doula" is the greek word for 'female servant', a woman who supports others through major life experiences. A birth doula is professionally trained in childbirth to provide emotional, physical, educational and spiritual support to a birthing woman in pregnancy, birth and beyond. 


  

The doula’s purpose is to support the birth giver to have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience. 

 

In the role of a doula we honour and...

  • Recognise that birth is a key life experience (‘rite of passage’) that the birth giver will remember for all of her life.
  • Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour.
  • Assist the birth giver and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
  • Support the birthing woman/couple to access the information they need to make conscious choices.
  • Hold space for the labouring mother throughout the entire labour.
  • Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective view and spiritual connection.
  • Facilitate communication between the labouring mother, her partner and clinical care providers.
  • Encourage the birth giver’s partner to participate at their comfort level.
  • Perceive the role as one who nurtures and protects the birthing mother’s memory of their birth experience. 

Statistics that support the attendance of a doula at your birth...

 

Benefits during birth

51% reduction in Caesarean rate

25% shorter length in labour

60% reduction in epidural requests

40% reduction in Syntocinon use (synthetic oxytocin)

35% reduction in analgesics (pain relief medication)

40% reduction in forceps/vacuum deliveries

 

Long Term benefits

Improved success with breastfeeding

Increased time with baby and easier bonding

Increased maternal satisfaction

Reduced Post natal Depression (PND)

[“How a Doula can help you have a shorter, easier and healthier birth” - Klaus, Kennel & Klaus (USA)]

 

This information was taken from the notes that I received in the Celebration of Birth course with Anna Watts, 2017

Thank you to Anna for her generosity of heart and information to support us in this quest.

 

Om Birth

meganjones@ombirth.com.au

Smiths Lake, NSW, 2428, Australia

Tel: 0416 008 018