Who is the doula?
A trained professional who works complementary to the midwife or gynaecologist and provides continuous physical and emotional, not-judgemental, unconditional and customised support to the mother (and her partner) before, during and after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. A doula provides evidence based information to mother’s requests and addresses her to different practitioners of her network when needed.
“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.” – Ina May Gaskin
A doula is a way of being, knowing how to listen, knowing how to stay close, knowing how to be silent and welcome any couple’s feeling, sometimes without words, every time with a new, different alchemy. She guides the mother and dad to get closer to and un reveil their inner selves and wishes, trying to strengthen their resources to become leaders of their own choices.
A doula open doors and creates bridges.
“When we as a society begin to value mothers as the givers and supporters of life, then we will see social change in ways that matter.” – Ina May Gaskin
Top reasons to hire a Doula:
- She is a source of information
- She helps with the intensity of labour
- She creates a team with the dad and other care providers to make the mother feels safe, comfortable, heard and relaxed
- She is a constant encouragement
- She is an unbiased support
- She nourishes both parents
- Her presence and support decrease the rate of medical intervention (Borehn et al., 2017 – Cochrane Library) and increase the positive outcome of the birth (the Wendy effect)
- She helps in compiling birth wishes (the birth plan)
- She understands “birth language“
- She guides the mother to feel EMPOWERED