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Who can benefit from having a doula?
Doulas are ideal as support for mothers who want to look after their babies themselves and will welcome the help and advice traditionally offered by their own mothers or experienced sisters in the days when extended families lived close enough to be constantly on hand.


How would a doula help me?
Doulas realise how important it is that the mother feels safe and secure during birth and they work towards providing that environment. Many women feel unable to voice what they want during labour and the doula aims to act as a communicator between the mother, her partner and the hospital staff.


I'm afraid that the doula will invade my privacy?
Doctors are in and out, nurses and other hospital staff change shifts. The doula is the only person who will remain constant before, during and after the birth. You will also have the opportunity to meet prior and ask as many questions as you wish.


What is the difference between a Doula and a Maternity Nurse?
Maternity nurses are baby-centred and doulas are mother and family centred. A doula will help the mother do the mothering, she will give advice and help with breastfeeding, help calm her fears, help with housework and encourage the mother to care for herself as well as the baby.


Why have a doula, when I have my partner?
Having a doula can take the pressure of your partner, allowing him to relax and enjoy the experience. She can support the mother and her partner as a team, giving guidance in helping with pain management techniques. A doula can provide the information to help parents make appropriate decisions and facilitate communication between the labouring woman and the hospital staff.


Why do I need a doula if I give birth in a hospital with nurses and doctors?
During labour you will most likely NOT see your doctor unless there are complications. The doctor on call is in contact with your nurse during labour and usually arrives shortly before your baby is ready to be born. Nurses are invaluable during birth, providing the care and expertise they have been trained for. Getting to know your nurse takes a bit of time and during labour this can be quite difficult, especially if you are assigned to one who doesn't agree with your birth plans as well as their constant shift changes, which can occur at the most inconvenient times for you and your partner. It is also known that disruptions, whether that be the arrival at the hospital, changes in shifts or attendance of your birth by another caregiver can slow and even stop labour.


Your Doula's only responsibility is to you and she will remain with you at all times during your labour and birth. Your Doula will have met you and your partner several times before the birth, unlike the nurses at the hospital who will usually be meeting you for the first time. You will have chosen your Doula based on her personality and how well she matches your philosophy. Your Doula will work with your caregivers to strive for the best possible labour and birth experience.

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