What is a Doula?
As a general description, a doula is someone who offers a range of care and support for women and their families, through the woman’s pregnancy, labour / birth and the postnatal period. One of the most poignant descriptions that I have come across, and one that means something to me is that a doula’s role is… ‘to mother the mother’.
The role of doula is a very individual thing, the way that I work is very personal to me. I consider myself very fortunate, when I work with a mother to be and her family, I am in an incredibly privileged position! One in which people place great trust. I feel passionately that my role as a doula is to both nurture and empower…
What I can offer!
As I have mentioned, doula’s work very differently from one another, some are able to offer specialist services such as Yoga, Homeopathy or Acupuncture.
I am able to offer sessions based around my counselling and support skills, information and guidance, providing a safe and calm space where a mother will feel nurtured and supported. Using a combination of these skills and deep relaxation with positive visualisation exercises to provided a fully holistic approach.
I have chosen not to make a precriptive list of what I offer, or how I work, as it varies so much family to family. Instead, what I would say is… if you feel that having doula support might be useful to you, please contact me and we can chat about what you feel your requairements are and whether I can meet them…!
I have a great working relationship with several Alternative Therapists. I consider them Trusted Practitioners, that I am happy to refer to, if appropriate.
“Respecting the women as an important and valuable human being and making certain that the woman’s experience while giving birth is fulfilling and empowering is not just a nice extra, it is absolutely essential as it makes the women strong, and therefore it makes society strong” – quote Marsden Wagner former Director of Women’s and Children’s Health at The World Health Organisation.