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Doula?

Could you explain what a Doula is? I have friends who have never heard the word (and admittedly I only discovered it when I was pregnant)  Shocked
adeline

The role of the doula has always existed through history, to support women through childbirth, but became a formal, regulated movement in 1992. In this country Doula UK is responsible for training and monitoring doulas.
A doula nurtures and supports a mother and her family during pregnancy, birth and the post natal period, acting as an advocate between the mother and healthcare workers, helping her to have the birth she wants. The doula is trained in all aspects of childbirth and has medical knowledge but aims to complement rather than replace or undermine the need for a midwife.
Her role is largely concerned with preparing women emotionally for birth and unconditionally supporting them in labour. She helps the mother to identify her options and help smooth the transition into parenthood.
Statistics show that having a doula significantly reduces cases of caesarean section, drug intervention, episiotomy and induction, as well as increasing the chances of successful breastfeeding, homebirth, VBAC and a physiological third stage.
This is a very condensed version of the role of the doula, but I hope it gives you an idea of what we are about. Please feel free to ask questions.
Adeline
michellejaneholmes

I'm off to do my training with Paramanadoula this year!  Sooo excited.  I was so inspired by Dr Michel Odent during my pregnancy with Tate and it will be amazing to train alongside him! :0)
adeline

Have fun, you'll love it!

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