What Does a Doula Do?

Originally from the Greek word for a female slave the meaning has changed over time but we do still serve women. We are not medically trained but we do provide emotional support during labour, childbirth and the period after the baby has been born (post partum).

Our aim is to ensure that your childs birth is nurtured, confident and empowered. Our job is to keep you calm. To support you and your partner as you grow your family. To help keep a safe and tranquil space for you to deliver your child. To ensure you are informed about the procedures that are happening and that they are happening with your consent. Whilst your medical caregiver focuses on you and your baby, our job, as a doula, is to focus on giving you emotional, physical, nurturing and spiritual support. Our role is to be by your side no matter what sort of birth you are intending to have.

Equipment when Breastfeeding

Now it you may be thinking that all you’ll need is boobs and a baby to breastfeed.  Whilst you are essentially correct there are some

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Cluster feeding and growth spurts

So breastfeeding is going ok, its been a few weeks and you are feeling pretty confident. Then BOOM baby is feeding all the time, the

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Peanut balls

Oh my goodness I love a peanut ball! Honestly they are amazing. * They are shown to decrease labour time and increase the chances of

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Birthing Balls

So this is something to be used in your third trimester from about 32 weeks.  How will it help you? It will help with your

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Comfort measures in labour

So labour has started – this is it! But what do you do? If your husband or doula isn’t there – then tell him what

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Exercises to help get baby in a good position

So disclaimer – I am not qualified in prenatal fitness.  Before starting on any of these please check with your doctor that you are fit

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Hormones in Birth

We would be nowhere without hormones.  They help you get pregnant, stay pregnant, birth and feed your baby.  Understanding them and their role in childbirth

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Things to think about immediately baby is here

Things to consider for this stage in your birth plan:- Delayed cord clamping – It is estimated that up to 30% of your baby’s blood

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What your husband can do whilst you are in labour

He can learn the breathing exercises too – then when you’re in labour do the breaths with you – you can follow his lead. This

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Birth Affirmation

The power of the birth affirmation is that it helps calm your mind, gets you to focus on what is to come. If the process

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Things to discuss with your doctor

You are bound to have a bunch of questions to ask over the course of your pregnancy so here is some of the information that

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Positions for Labour

If you’re a bit of a history geek like me then the history and anthropology of childbirth is fascinating. Birth was always women work but

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What to take to hospital

When should you pack your bag? Depending on how high risk your pregnancy is then no later than 38 weeks. Its a good source of

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Stages of labour – stage three

The third stage of labour happens once the baby has been born and is when the placenta is delivered. Lets just take a moment to pay

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Stages of labour – stage two

Once your cervix is fully dilated then the second stage begins which is the birth and final descent of your baby.  Many women can find

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What your partner can do?

What your husband can do in the early stages If she wants to be alone – let her Make sure arrangements are taken care of

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Stages of labour – first stage

First stage This is usually the longest stage (it can last for up to 24 hours and this is absolutely normal) and is when the

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Don’t forget to breathe!

‘Don’t forget to breathe,’ is something you may hear a LOT.  It is worth practising these techniques beforehand so you are prepared for wherever you

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So your waters have broken?!

Amniotic fluid is a clear, straw coloured liquid that surrounds the baby in the amniotic sac.  It develops in the first trimester of your pregnancy

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Your body getting ready for labour

Every woman is different but there are signs that your body is getting ready for labour. If this is your first baby then these changes

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Medical Induction

So induction? The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends that no woman go beyond 42 weeks of pregnancy.  If the baby is showing no signs of

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Induction and Due Date

Due Date So first of all this is an estimate of when your baby will come.   Only around 5% of babies are born on

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Natural ways to induce labour

You may well be getting to that point when you just want the baby out! A baby is classified as term from 37 weeks.  It

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Going home

You may still be having a little bit of pain but nothing compared to the immediate period after the birth. Your scar will be a

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What comes after?

You will be moved into the recovery room to be watched to check that you are recovering from the operation. So what to expect? Pain

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What happens in surgery?

Monitoring equipment will be put on you to check your heart rate and blood pressure. You will receive an injection in your spine.  You may

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Preparation for a C-section

If you are having a planned c-section then you will need to go to the hospital on the day that it is scheduled.  As you

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Caesarean Section

A caesarean section or c-section is where your baby is delivered through an incision made into your abdomen and uterus. It is major abdominal surgery

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Reasons for a C-Section

Here are some of the reasons that you may be offered the option of a c-section.  Please note that not all of these will be

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Medical Procedures during Birth

The type of pain you experience during contractions can vary.  No two contractions will feel the same and its important to be prepared for the

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