What is a Doula?
In modern times, Doula has come to mean "a woman experienced in childbirth, who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth"*.
A Doula works alongside the mother-to-be and her partner in the run up to the birth, during the birth and afterwards.
She is there for emotional support and advice as well as stepping in to help in a more practical way when needed.
Nowadays women are giving birth and living with a new baby without the benefit of the care and attention from an extended family that they so desperately need in the first days and weeks after the birth of their baby.
During this period a doula will be a constant presence to help their clients with the transition to parenthood, providing advice on infant feeding, (breast and bottle) and allowing the new parents to catch up on much needed sleep, as well as caring for any other children