What is a Doula?

The word Doula comes from Greek, meaning “women’s servant”. Another expression that I like is that a Doula is a “birth mother”, the one who is there for you, always.

A Doula is a person who offers emotional and physical support to women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Doulas are not medical professionals. They don't deliver babies or provide medical care. A certified doula has taken a training program and passed an exam in how to help pregnant women and their families during this exciting but challenging experience.

how does it work?

Before childbirth, I will typically:

  • Meet with you and your husband during pregnancy.

  • Teach you relaxation and breathing skills, I am also a qualified Pregnancy Yoga Teacher.

  • Answer your questions about the birthing process.

  • Help you understand labor and delivery procedures and possible complications.

  • Help you develop a birth plan.

  • Prepare you mentally to this important experience.

During labour, I will:

  • Stay with you constantly to provide comfort and support.

  • Reassure you that everything is ok and encourage you whatever your birth choices may be.

  • Use breathing techniques, massage and touch to help you relax and rest.

  • Help you get into comfortable positions.

  • Help you get adequate nutrition and fluids.

  • Help communicate your preferences to the medical staff.

  • Involve and reassure the dad-to-be.