FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the benefits of having a birth doula?
A birth doula is experienced in supporting women and their partners during labor and birth. The calming, reassuring presence of a birth doula has been shown to have many benefits such as:
Shortens first-time labor by an average of 2 hours
Decreases the chance of caesarean section by 50%
Decreases the need for pain medication
Helps fathers participate with confidence
Increases success in breastfeeding
For details on further research on doulas, visit: www.doula.org.uk
What is the difference between a doula and a mother's help/child-minder/nanny?
Doulas are unique in the support and help they offer. A doula can provide practical and emotional support throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. They ensure continuity as well as easing the transition to parenthood.
If I hire a birth doula, do I still need a midwife?
Yes. Birth doulas do not replace the role of a midwife as they do not offer medical advice or get involved in clinical care. A birth doula provides continual support, comfort and encouragement during labor – enhancing the birth experience.
Although it is not illegal to have an 'unassisted birth', or to give birth without a midwife, anyone who is not qualified and assists a woman to give birth can be prosecuted.