You might have seen the word ‘doula’ pop up in pregnancy magazines or on parenting websites, and of course in this website… Maybe you have wondered what it is they actually do or who they are. Well, a doula is is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
What does a doula do?
Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this period, they develop a relationship in which the mother feels free to ask questions, express her fears and concerns, and take an active role in helping to create a birth plan. Doulas are not medical professionals. They don’t deliver babies or provide medical care.
Most doulas make themselves available to the mother by phone in order to respond to her questions or address any concerns that might arise during the course of the pregnancy. Doulas do not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery.
Having a doula present can:
- shorten first-time labour by an average of two hours,
- decrease the chance of C-section section by 50% and
- decrease the need for pain medication.
The role of the doula in early breastfeeding support can also help women reach their goals of a satisfying and successful transition to motherhood. And yet, many doulas may not be aware of new and important research into risk assessment for mothers and babies for whom early breastfeeding does not go smoothly.
What do I do as doula?
I help you to experience a childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. I give the information you need to have in every stage and also help to cope with birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfull, if you want!
If you are looking for a doula in Barcelona, please contact me
+34 687 98 69 13