What is a Birth Doula?

Doula’s are not a new thing; women supporting mothers in the birth room have been around since humans began (we think). For more information on my packages, fees and services please see What I offer as a Birth Doula in Kent and Southeast London. If you read this and have more questions, get in touch, there are no silly questions!

“I do not care what kind of birth you have...a homebirth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected.”
— January Harshe

A Birth Doula is...

  • an advocate for you and your family

  • educational preparation - on physiology, interventions during or prior to labour, newborn behaviour, etc.

  • emotional support - for you, and your family, helping with relaxation and breathing techniques

  • physical support - prior to and during labour, providing massage, making sure you eat and drink enough, suggesting and supporting different labouring positions

  • non-judgmental - there is no right way to give birth. There are right ways for you.

A Birth Doula is not...

  • a midwife

  • a primary care provider

  • someone to make decisions for you and your family

  • going to judge you on your choices

  • professionally biased towards any type of birth or parenting