WHAT IS A DOULA?

The word Doula comes from ancient Greek meaning 'women who serve'. 

In modern day terms, a Doula serves mother's to be and her family. Doulas can be engaged during the antenatal period, during birth and post natal period. 

What does a Doula do?

  • PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

  • PROVIDE PRACTICAL SUPPORT

  • PROVIDE EVIDENCE BASED INFORMATION FOR THE CLIENT TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION 

  • MASSAGE 

  • REIKI

  • SIGN POST CLIENTS TO IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

  • POST NATAL SUPPORT 

  • BREAST FEEDING SUPPORT

  • HYPNOBIRTHING (Depending on training)  

What Doulas do NOT do

  • THEY DO NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE

  • DO NOT ACT AS A MIDWIFE

  • DO NOT PERFORM MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS 

  • DO NOT PROVIDE CLINICAL CARE DURING PREGNANCY, BIRTH OR AFTER

Please note, it is perfectly legal for a Doula to attend your birth without a midwife or other medical attendant. This is usually considered a 'Freebirth' or unassisted birth. They will not be present in place of a midwife, only to provide emotional and practical support. They are not medically trained.