Does a doula make decisions for me?

My role is not to speak for you but rather to help you find and nurture your own voice. A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. I provide informational and emotional support, while respecting your decisions.

Does a doula perform medical tasks?

A doula specialises in non-medical skills and does not perform clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams or fetal heart rate monitoring. A doula does not diagnose medical conditions, offer second opinions, or give medical advice. I am there to comfort and support you and to enhance communication between you and your medical caregivers.

Do doulas only work with women wanting natural childbirth? Would I benefit from a doula even if I’m having a scheduled Caesarean birth?

I strongly believe that all women, regardless of their preferred mode of birth, are deserving of support and respect for their choices. I provide unbiased information to help you identify what a positive birth looks like for you. My responsibility is also to listen and to ensure that your choices are made from a place […]

How do hospitals and medical caregivers feel about doulas?

Hospitals and medical caregivers are generally welcoming of doulas.   They find it easier to work with women who have their own informational and emotional support. Several midwives have told me they wished they had time to do what doulas do – giving massage, providing constant support, talking women through each contraction, etc. – but their […]

What does my doula do when I’m in labour?

In antenatal visits, we determine what role and what comfort measures you would like me to provide, such as acupressure, aromatherapy, breathing and relaxation techniques, heat packs, homeopathic remedies, massage, rebozo work, Spinning Babies® techniques and positioning and more. When labour becomes established, I’ll usually meet you at your home to help you labour confidently before […]

Does a doula replace my partner or other support person?

No, a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable. Partners are having their own experience at birth and it’s not fair to expect them to know how to meet all a birthing […]

Why would I want to hire a doula? What are the benefits?

Working with a doula helps to ensure a more positive birth experience, better physical and emotional outcomes for mother and baby and a more relaxed and prepared beginning to parenthood. A doula helps you navigate the maternity care system, providing the most current, evidence based information and helping you understand your rights so you can […]

What is a doula?

A doula, or birth attendant, is a professional who is trained to provide emotional, informational and physical support to women and their partners before, during and after the birth of their baby. A major part of my role is to nurture your self-confidence and help you access your inner wisdom surrounding birth and parenting. “Doula” […]