What is a Doula? What does a Doula do? Why have a Doula? The answers to these and many other frequently asked questions can be found here.

What is a Doula?

The term Doula is derived from the greek for "servant" and has come, recently, to mean birth companion. A Doula is a support to labouring women and new mothers. A female companion to support women during one of the most intense and transformative events of their lives.


What does a Doula do?

A Doula is well informed on local maternity care issues and can outline all the choices available to women during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. A doula is also a physical, practical and emotion support during labour and the postnatal period. Doulas attend births and offer a continuous support during labour when then may be shift changes among midwifery staff or when partners may not be able to attend. Postnatally Doulas offer hands on practical support from cooking meals and keeping up with laundry to supporting breast feeding and allowing a new mother to take a shower or have a well deserved nap.

Why have a Doula?

 Women choose to have a Doula for many different reasons. For some it is just to ensure they have the type of birth they want, for others it's a case of making sure they are not alone during labour and birth and for others it is to ensure that they have a continuous support during shift changes in a busy modern maternity unit.

Sarah-Louise will discuss your choices and any questions you have during a free telephone consultation, contact us to arrange a mutually convenient time.