A doula mothers the mother
Doulas are trained, non-medical professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to women and birthing people before, during and after childbirth, to facilitate the most empowering and calm birth and postnatal experience.
Some doulas provide support antenatally, some during birth and others during the early postpartum period which is usually the three months following birth. My job is to support you during these early days post birth.
Here are some of the benefits of having a postnatal doula:
Increased likelihood of initiating breastfeeding*
Increased likelihood of successfully establishing breastfeeding and breastfeeding at 6 weeks*
Lower incidence of depressive symptomatology**
Improve equity and provide culturally responsive care*
* Brigstocke S. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, vol 24, no 2, 2014, pp 157-160
** Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr G, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7.