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What Is A Doula?

A Doula is someone experienced in normal pregnancy, childbirth, and infant behaviour who provides one-to-one continuous, bespoke, non-medical support primarily to the birthing person but also to any partners or wider family. 

The support that doulas provide is distinctly different to that of medical professionals (midwives or obstetricians) and different again to that of partners or the birthing person’s own parents or siblings. Because our support is so different it is common to see Doulas working alongside one or more of these other sources of important support and knowledge.

The support a Doula offers is a unique kind of support characterised by our role being non-medical yet our being highly experienced in childbirth and newborn behaviours, and our not being related or intimately involved with the birthing person but having developed a supportive and caring relationship to them during their pregnancy.

Of the three types of providers of continuous support, a Doula appears (through extensive scientific study including multiple Cochrane Reviews) to offer the greatest set of measurable benefits to the birthing person and their baby.

As Dr. John Kennell famously phrased it: “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” 

 

Read more about the benefits of hiring a Doula here

"If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”