What does a Doula do?

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DO

  • Provide educational, physical and emotional support.

  • Support the birth you want.

 

  • Listen to you.

 

  • Provide flexible tailored support throughout different scenarios.

  • Encourage communication with your medical caregivers.

  • Can be a huge support for your partner.

  • Help you deal with the unexpected.

  • Help you create your birth preference and postnatal support plan.

  • Help you know your options to make your decisions.

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DON'T

  • Judge your choice, perspective or experience.

 

  • Push a personal agenda.

 

  • Give advice or tell you what choices to make.

 

  • Give medical advice or diagnosis.

 

  • Perform clinical tasks such as cervical examination, fetal heart monitoring or delivering a baby.

 

  • Manage the family’s birth experience.

 

  • Attempt to replace your partner or family member.

What are the benefits of having a Doula?

There is evidence to show that having a doula can mean;

  • Reduced risk of Caesarean birth

 

  • Reduced risk of instrumental birth

 

  • Reduced need for painkillers or epidural during birth

 

  • Reduced rate of induction of labour

 

  • Shorter labour

 

  • Increased parental satisfaction with the birth experience

 

  • Increased likelihood of initiating breastfeeding

 

  • Increased likelihood of successfully establishing breastfeeding & breastfeeding at 6 weeks

Doula UK's website  https://doula.org.uk/research/

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