“Birth is a test of ones self, and the riches you learn come from doing what women have always done”
What is a Doula?
The word, DOULA, is derived from the Greek word for the most important female servant in the ancient Greek household, she was likely the woman who helped the lady of the house through her childbearing.
The word has come to refer to “a woman experienced in child birth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the women before, during and just after child birth”.
- Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour
- Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth
- Stays by the side of the labouring woman throughout the entire labour
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and objective view point and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions
Current research has shown us that using a professional birth doula during labour provides the following benefits:
- Shorter labours
- Fewer complications
- Reduction in cesarean rates
- Reduction in forceps use
- Reduction in epidural requests
“We are made to do this work and it’s not easy…I would say that the pain is part of the glory, or the tremendous mystery of life. And that if anything, it is a kind of privilege to stand so close to such an incredible miracle.” ~ Simone in Klasson